2021 US Corn Belt Crop Tour



2021 Summary of the State of Missouri

Day 4: July 2, 2021

10th Annual US Corn Belt Crop Tour Summary of the State of Missouri

The 2021 10th Annual U.S. Corn Belt Crop tour visited the state of MO on Day 4, July 2, 2021. We travelled from Quincy, IL northwest on Hwy 6 to Kirksville, MO down south to Gallatin before ending our tour in Kansas City, MO. It was an overall sunny day with one rainstorm along our travels with a high of 29 Celsius.

The state is behind compared to last year, with corn pollination and soybeans blooming, and ranked one of the lowest rated corn and soybean states. The state is very wet and lacking heat compared to last year. Farmers did plant into moisture, but many had to replant with too much moisture after planting in early May. Topsoil moisture (adequate/surplus) stands at 91% vs. 2020 at 81% and subsoil moisture (adequate/surplus) at 95% vs. 2020 at 87%.

NOAA MO 30-Day Precipitation Departure from Normal as of July 7, 2021

State of Missouri 90 Day precipitation map

State of Missouri Drought Classification Maps

The record corn yield in Missouri was 186 in 2014 vs. 177 last year while soybeans hit a record in 2017 at 49.5 vs. 49 in 2020. Crops are stressing from excessive moisture but no disease pressure. If the state can finish strong it has great potential as rain makes grain! We rate the state a 6.5 out of 10.

State of Missouri Image Collage

Thank You to our proud prize sponsors Azotic North America and Empire Weather.

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About Missouri
Number of farms
289 acres
Average size of a Missouri farm
27,500,000 acres
Land in Missouri farms
Missouri’s US rank in number of farms 
Livestock production’s share in the state’s agricultural receipts
3,400,000 acres
Corn acres intended in 2021, -1% vs 2020

171 bu/acre
Corn yield in 2020, +16.0 bu/acre vs. 2019
5,800,000 acres
Soybean acres intended in 2021, -1% vs. 2020

50 bu/acre
Soybean yield in 2020, +4.0 bu/acre vs. 2019
650,000 acres
Wheat acres intended in 2021, +35% vs. 2020

68 bu/acre 
Wheat yield in 2021, +6.0 bu/acre vs. 2020


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