AgResource has been conducting crop tours throughout the Corn Belt for the last 15 years, adding not only important data to our analysis but also a sense of what’s affecting yield potential beyond monthly NASS reports . This year, we’ve already had 7 tours, and for the most recent trip we invited experienced crop scout Jim Quinton to join us. We are pleased to share pictures and analysis of our early September tour of crops in Illinois and Iowa. The dominant theme of our second tour of the summer is still sizable variability in both yield potential and growing stage. In this letter, AgResource discusses the lack of nutrients available to corn, very late development of the soybean crop, the number of soybean pods as well as corn plant populations – both of which will be key to final yield numbers. We hope you enjoy.

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