ALLEN COUNTY, Ohio, (Reuters) – Corn yield potential was far below average in northwestern Ohio, scouts on the annual Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour said on Monday, after a wet spring delayed plantings across wide swaths of the U.S. Midwest.
Heavy rains early left some areas with large empty gaps in soybean fields, and recent dry weather appears to be causing some corn plant stress.
Scouts saw large pockets of unplanted fields.
“The yield projections for corn are coming in lower than I expected, and the soybeans are short,” said Zach Egesdal, a crop tour scout and grain farmer from Iowa.
Corn yield potential averaged 134.98 bushels per acre through six stops in the Ohio counties of Allen, Delaware, Hardin, Marion and Wyandot. That is down from last year’s crop tour average in those areas of 177.29 bpa and the three-year tour average of 163.29 bpa.