As the Pro Farmer Crop Tour wrapped up, Pro Farmer Editor Brian Grete said there’s no surprise the 2019 crop is much different than the 2018 crop. The rough areas are rough. “We anticipated we’d see year-over-year declines in some of these areas and we did. The biggest declines were in the eastern Corn Belt and South Dakota. Those areas had tough planting and growing conditions,” said Grete. “It wasn’t as rough in Nebraska, Iowa and Minnesota. That showed in the percentage changes.” Grete said farmers understand the threat of an early frost, but the markets don’t fully understand it yet. “If we have an early or normal end to the growing season, that’s when it maybe become a reality for traders.” The Pro Farmer national crop estimates include corn at 13.3 billion bushels with a yield estimate of 163.3 bushels an acre. The soybean estimates are at 3.49 billion bushels and 46.1 bushels an acre.
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