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Tuesday 28th August 2012.

Sarah Mikesell - TheCropSite Senior Editor

Sarah Mikesell
Senior Editor

Editorial: Welcome to TheCropSite Newsletter

Last week, Pro Farmer released the official results of their Midwest crop tour, and their daily state results certainly moved the market last week. Following are their overall results and state-by-state averages and commentary.

Pro Farmer put the 2012 US corn crop at 10.478 billion bu.; avg. yield 120.25 bu/A +/- 1% = 10.374 billion bu. to 10.583 billion bu.; 119.05 bu/A to 121.45 bu/A.

As for soybeans, Pro Farmer pegged estimates at 2.60 billion bu.; avg. yield of 34.8 bu/A +/- 2% = 2.548 billion bu. to 2.652 billion bu.; 34.1 bu/A to 35.5 bu/A.


Ohio: 124 bu. per acre. The Midwest drought started in northwest Ohio. South and east of there extreme moisture and heat stress will guarantee below-average corn yields.

Indiana: 101 bu. per acre. Eastern Indiana showed extreme drought stress. A lack of ears and grain length pulled yields down.

Illinois: 116 bu. per acre. The eastern half of Illinois was the epicenter of this summer's drought. Corn yields were better in some western and northern areas of the state, but standability is a major issue.

Iowa: 139 bu. per acre. Corn yields in the western one-third of the state were down 11% from last year, but the real problem is in the eastern two thirds of the state. Iowa's early start to the growing season turned into a mid-season nightmare for corn trying to pollinate and fill kernels.

Minnesota: 152 bu. per acre. Crop District 7 is the problem in Minnesota as is the western half of Crop District 8. Corn yield and plant health improved dramatically in the eastern half of the state where yield potential is very good.

Nebraska: 138 bu. per acre. Kernel size is the villain in Nebraska, and that is what makes the husker state a swing state on corn yields. Even irrigated yields were off about 10% from year-ago, while dryland corn yields will be determined by kernel size

South Dakota: 85 bu. per acre. We hit South Dakota hard on harvested acres and yield. This was absolutely the worst corn crop we've sampled since 1998 when the Crop Tour started in the western Belt.


For soybeans, the averages ranged from 28 bu/A in South Dakota to 42 bu/A in Nebraska. However, Pro Farmer said the bean crop from Ohio to Nebraska needs a drink right now to realize these yield estimates. To see state-by-state soybean estimates, click here.

On Sunday, I drove west across northern Illinois toward Iowa. And it rained for three hours non-stop and at times pretty hard, so hopefully that will give the soybeans a final yield boost.

This week I'll be attending the Farm Progress Show in Boone, Iowa, so watch Headline News for daily updates live from the show.

Have a great week!

How Much Nitrogen Credit Do I Have for Next Year?
Producers are asking Fabian Fernández, a University of Illinois assistant professor of crop sciences, about nitrogen rate adjustments for the 2013 corn crop.

Seeds of Hope Amidst Philippine Floods
Amidst horrendous flooding around Manila and major rice-growing across Luzon in the Philippines, some good news has emerged for rice farmers – Submarino rice – rice that can survive around 2 weeks of being under water.

Australia Creates World's First Continental-Scale Mineral Maps
The world-first maps were generated from a ten-year archive of raw Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection (ASTER) data collected by NASA and the Japanese Government's Japan Space Systems.

Soil, Crop Damage from Repeated Waste Applications
Rates of raw liquid swine manure or biodigestate of 3,000 to 4,000 gallons per acre – around 75 to 100lbs of nitrogen per acre per year – provided optimum yields of barley, report J.J. Schoenau and T.N. King of the University of Saskatchewan and S.S. Malhi of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. Their paper is published in the 2011 Annual Report from the Prairie Swine Centre.

Uncertainties About GHG Emissions Saving of Rapeseed Biodiesel
During the last couple of years, the renewable energy strategy of the European Union (EU) and the proposed policies and regulations, namely the Renewable Energy Directive (RED), have been heavily discussed among scientific circles and various interest groups.

Impacts of Farming Intensification on Wildlife, Ecosystem Health
At a recent meeting, FAO experts voiced concern that wildlife species are increasingly at risk from the expansion and intensification of agricultural production, which appropriates habitat and exposes wildlife and livestock to one another’s diseases.

   United Kingdom

NFU Calling Future Crops Industry Leaders
4G Would Benefit Farming, says NFU

   United States

Should Products Made with GM Ingredients be Labelled?
CME: Corn Futures Finished Down Monday
CME: Corn Futures Closed Higher Tuesday
CME: Corn Futures Closed Lower Wednesday
CME: Corn Futures Closed Lower Thursday
NCGA Study to Assess Impact of Ethanol More Accurately
Weekly Roberts Market Report
Clemson Scholar Receives Top Agriculture Science Award
How Much Nitrogen Credit Do I Have for Next Year?
John Deere Launches New 9 Series Round Balers
Six States Now Lobbying for RFS Waiver
Coalition Pushes Congress to Pass Farm Bill
USDA Announces More Help for Livestock Producers
Arkansas Corn Crop Defies Drought
No-Till Could Help Maintain Crop Yields Despite Climate Change
John Deere Adds More Options to 5E Series Utility Tractor Line
Changes to US Ethanol Fuel Policies Unlikely
America Wastes Forty Per Cent of Food Supply, says Report
Grain Yield Not Related to Test Weight
Low-cost Cow feed is as Close as the Nearest Cornfield
Getting the Most Out of Soybeans
Break from Heat for Mid-West Producers
A Greener Way to Fertilise Nursery Crops
TAM 113 Complements Other TAM Varieties


Canada Winter Wheat Crops Dodge Effects of Drought
Compost Offers Range of Soil Benefits
Harper Government Invests in Soybeans Designed for Success
Fall Cereals Beat the Drought that has Reduced Spring Cereal Yields
Plan to Eliminate Harvest Season Hazards this Autumn


German Minister Calls for E10 Rethink


Losses Increase as Weather Deteriorates
Poor Weather Leads to €100 million Losses


Drought Driven Declines in Serbian Crops Increase Food Prices


Government Proposes 2013 Agriculture/Fisheries Budget


Malaysian Palm Oil Production Rises, Output Dips


Brazil, Japan Work to Improve Soybean Tolerance
USGC: Growers Deal with Poor Corn Results
Drought, Shortages, Rising Food Prices for World Water Week
Drought Highlights Need to Better Manage Water


Prices of China Farm Produce Keep Rising


Brazilian Farmers Benefit for Global Grain Slump


Improved Corn Projections for Mexico


Nigerian Farmers Help Nestle Address Micronutrient Deficiency

   European Union

John Deere Tops Innovations Medal Table
Impact of Ethanol of Food Prices Exaggerated

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