July 9-11, 2020
9th Annual US Corn Belt Crop Tour Summary of the State of Iowa
The 2020 9th Annual U.S. Corn Belt Crop tour route in the state of Iowa lasted for 3 days from July 9th – 11th, 2020. Day 1 was 84F, day 2 93 and day 3 90F but slots of rainstorms. On day 1 we started in Sioux Falls, SD and travelled east and south down to Carroll before ending the day in Des Monies. Day 2’s plan was to visit the south to Lineville before heading north to Bloomfield to end the day in Cedar Rapids Iowa. Day 3 we headed North east before heading back west north to Castalia before heading back into MN to cross into WI at La Crosse.
The North/Center west and east were the “garden spots” with more than 50% of the corn crop with tassels but the very south east and west (especially east) was too dry with short soybeans and pineapple/curling leaves on short corn crops. Dennison to Carroll Iowa were also dry as they keep missing the rains and lighter soils are struggling. Western Iowa also dry. South East corner of the state was looking much better but as we travelled further north from Alburnett to McGregor Iowa there was a large region hit by wind/hail damage.
Thank you to Kelly Garrett from Extreme Ag Farming for his hospitality near Dow City, Iowa. Almost “perfect conditions” during planting but was getting a little concerned with dry weather. Last year yielded 357 in irrigated corn and hopes to get tm320 bpa this year. Non irrigated corn could top 250 bpa. Irrigated soybeans could top 100 bpa and non irrigated 80+ bpa in a high input system. “Attention to details is key” according to Kelly if you want to achieve high yielding crops.
2020 corn acres are up 3.7% vs. last year while soybean acres up 2.0%. The state has plenty of sub soil moisture, but topsoil moisture is falling due to dry conditions in the North/South Western regions of the state. Yield potential is strong or above average and should be able to contribute to the national yield with a good finish, but dry conditions are a concern. We rank the state an 9.0 out of 10.
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