On the first day of the Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour, crop scouts surveyed fields in southeast South Dakota. Tour lead Jeff Wilson said it was challenging to get enough quality samples. In his words, South Dakota is a mess. “What we saw was an immature corn crop and a relatively immature soybean crop.” South Dakota’s corn crop was estimated at 154.1 bushels per acre, down 13.5 percent from last year’s tour average. The soybean pod count is down 19 percent. “Most of the crop will need 45-to-60 days to get to black layer on corn; beans are in a similar mode and just setting pods. If you get a normal freeze date, there will be crop problems in South Dakota.”
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