2020 Crop Tour

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2020 RVC Virtual Crop Tour  

River Valley Cooperative is hosting a 2020 Virtual Crop Tour to provide the industry with accurate growing season information and corn and soybean yields customers could see across the trade area of Illinois and Iowa. 

Follow along for daily updates and results of our 2020 Crop Tour as account managers travel across Iowa and Illinois are share their findings and photos of fields. River Valley Cooperative is proud to continue and expand on the crop tour tradition that Michlig Grain, a recent acquisition to River Valley Cooperative, developed. 

Follow along digitally as Matt VanSlotten and Travis Sullivan, cover the counties in Iowa and share their field findings. The Iowa Crop Tour kicked off Monday, August 17th and will wrap up Friday, August 28th.  For real-time updates, follow the River Valley Cooperative Twitter page: https://twitter.com/RVCooperative. 

Final Results | 2020 Crop Tour

The final results are in for the 2020 Virtual Crop Tour! Iowa and Illinois averages can be viewed below, as well as Illinois Crop Tour historical numbers. 
For a more in depth review of the Crop Tour, listen to the podcast where our account managers go over their field discoveries, averages and thoughts on harvest. 
Listen to the podcast here:  https://www.buzzsprout.com/297749/5178421
View the Table Talk video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nCCMtzxcWWM&t=16s 

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Wednesday, August 26 | Muscatine County, Iowa

On Wednesday, the 2020 Virtual Crop Tour visited Muscatine, County in Iowa. Populations continue to vary across fields, and down corn can be found in the northern tier.  Kernel depth is good, but corn is maturing rapidly with lack of moisture left for the plant. There is still good yield potential especially where the corn is able to flex and add kernels. 

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Tuesday, August 25 | Jones County, Iowa

With the help of area account managers, our scouts found a large amount of down corn in the southern tier of Jones County, but better standing corn to the north.  Populations continue to be low in most fields, but there is still yield potential.  Kernel depth varied depending on the field, which could be in part due to planting date, hybrid, or other variable factors.
North west Jones County from the Line to Monticello is a strong, healthy looking crop. 

  • Jones County has had more moisture and missed both of the big storms. 
  • Stand counts were higher than others, and in line with expectations for normal stand loss during the course of the year. 
  • Most all of the fields sampled are in the dent stage. 
  • Castle Grove south is where we begin to see damage. Crops are more drought stressed, and have seen moderate to severe wind damage. 
  • As we moved south, we saw more aborted ears similar to other areas that experienced wind damage early. 
  • As noted in the side dress crack picture there is a lot of moisture stress – however there are isolated bands of rain w/Anamosa getting 1” plus over the weekend.
  • Hail damaged corn is still working to fill an ear, plants that are not snapped off look to make corn –  just how much will be the open question. 
  • Hailed fields are showing A LOT of disease moving in, this will drastically impact harvest.
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Monday, August 24 | Jackson County, Iowa

In Jackson County, Iowa, stand counts continue to be sporadic, but ear length is looking good. Kernel depths look to be promising, and many fields are showing great yield potential. During the field scouting, our account managers found a decent amount of Tar Spot again, but corn was all standing well.  

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Thursday, August 20 | Des Moines County, Iowa

The tour continued today in Des Moines County, River Valley Cooperative's southernmost territory in Iowa. Discoveries today included higher stand counts for population than the other areas that have been toured to date. High ear placement on corn was seen throughout the county. Although the ear length was shorter than observed in our northern areas, the kernel depth was better when compared.

A stop was made at the Danville Open House where grain originators introduced customers to the grain marketing opportunities available through RVC, and the corn and bean storage that is now available in Danville.

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Wednesday, August 19 | Clinton County, Iowa

As Matt VanSlotten and Travis Sullivan toured Clinton County, they found more down corn across the countryside. In some areas of the county they also found indications of Tar Spot and lower stand counts.  They were glad to find healthy, good sized ears on much of the corn that is still standing. 










Wednesday, August 19 | Delaware County, Iowa

Jimmie Daugherty, Account Manager, provides an update on crops in our northern trade areas. This includes Delaware, Jones, and Linn counties in Iowa, many of which were affected by the derecho storm last week.

North of Central City has moderate damage from previous storms, none from the derecho. Once out in the fields, a lot of twisted and goosenecked corn became the norm.
As you move south from Central City the damage becomes more extreme. 

The fields in southern Delaware County, eastern Buchanan County and northern Linn County all have very good girth on the ears, but the length is on the shorter side. These areas experienced some hot and dry weather when a lot of the corn was determining length, and it shows. This area is also seeing pretty severe tip back in hybrids. Any compaction zones or rough patches in fields are very evident with snapping and disease.

As you move south from Central City the damage becomes more extreme. County Home Road to Solon was right in the bullseye of the storm. Martelle west is very severe with tons of structural and bin damage as well as stripped and pancaked crops. 

Overall, populations are down as there is moderate snapping/kinking from wind events that is causing plants to die off before maturity. Ears that were filling a week ago are on the ground. 
Almost universal in the need for moisture, the rains have been so spotty that it now appears every field missed a rain someone else got and vice versa.
Some fairly large cracks in the soil have been observed in Delaware and Buchanan Counties . To give some perspective, the tool next to the crack in the first photo is 12" long. 














Tuesday, August 18 | Cedar County, Iowa

Cedar County was hard-hit by the derecho storm that rolled through the Midwest last week. Severe, widespread damange to buildings and crops can be seen as you travel through the Cedar County countryside. Matt VanSlotten, Travis Sullivan and Trevor Conrad all observed down corn with stripped leaves in the fields they scouted on Tuesday. 










Monday, August 17 | Scott County, Iowa

Throughout the fields in Scott County, there was a considerable amount of yield variability in the fields. A fair amount of Southern Rust was also found on corn leaves in the Scott County fields that were toured. Also notable is the down corn that is a result of the derecho that traveled across the midwest last Monday, August 10th. The widespread, long-lived, straight-line wind storm that is associated with a fast-moving group of severe thunderstorms left destruction in its path, including considerable amounts of down corn. 







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