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U.S. Crop Conditions Are ‘Hit or Miss’ as Tour Kicks Off

  • Development behind last year in Ohio, South Dakota after rain
  • More than 100 scouts on four-day Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour
Sodden Soy Fields Add To Evidence Of Bumper Crop
Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg
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Inconsistency is the one constant coming out of a major U.S. crop tour that kicked off on Monday as scouts get to see first hand the impact of wild weather on Midwestern corn and soybean fields.

In Ohio and South Dakota, development is well behind last year after excessive rain delayed planting before conditions turned dry in recent weeks, according to the first day of the Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour. The weather swings have affected areas differently, with the sizes of plants and their kernels and pods varying widely. In parts of Nebraska, corn yields were ahead of three-year averages.