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The Crop Tour – Day 2

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August 17th, 2010

We spent the night in Grand Island, Nebraska last night.  It had rained a little bit last night during the update, but I did not expect to wake up to constant rain and to find out that we had gotten 2.44 inches of rain overnight.

We left the hotel at about 6:45 and headed due south.  Our first stop was just about five miles from the hotel and we ended up scouting the best beans that we saw all day and pretty good corn at around an estimated 200 bushels per acre.  After the next stop, the rain gradually tapered off to a mist or no rain at all.  We headed south almost to the Kansas border and then turned due east and went almost to the end of Nebraska and then turned north to spend the night at Nebraska City.

Our biggest estimated corn yield was about 240 bushels and we had at least 8 samples greater than 190.  Soybeans looked good and consistent.

At the meeting that night there were about 200 people in attendance and it appears the Indiana crop will be about 6% higher than what USDA projected.  The Crop Tour is pegging the Nebraska crop at almost exactly the same yield as last year.  What the Southeast part of the state lost, the Northeast part gained.

Tomorrow, we head east and due north to Spencer, Iowa.  It looks like there will be sunshine and I hope my first step tomorrow does not involve the sucking sound of wet mud like today’s first step was.

Paul Neiffer

Paul Neiffer is a certified public accountant and business advisor specializing in income taxation, accounting services, and succession planning for farmers and agribusiness processors. Paul is a partner with CliftonLarsonAllen in Yakima, Washington, as well as a regular speaker at national conferences and contributor at agweb.com. Raised on a farm in central Washington, he has been immersed in the ag industry his entire life, including the last 30 years professionally. In fact, Paul drives combine each summer for his cousins and that is what he considers a vacation.

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