Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour Underway

The 2013 Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour kicks off today. We get more from Leslie Smith.

More than 100 scouts Monday begin the 21st annual crop tour that covers 7 states. Scouts will travel in teams on 22 different routes sampling corn and soybean fields. Pro Farmer Editor Chip Flory says scouts will randomly sample fields every 15 to 20 miles.

Over the next four days more than thousand samples will be taken. With a lot unknowns about this year's crops, Flory is ready for the process to begin.

It's easier to trust the numbers on a mature crop. It will be harder with this year's crops that are behind in development and maturity. Even so, Flory says the number will tell the truth. he says the process works and you've got to let the discovery process work.

On the first day of the crop tour, the eastern leg crop scouts will sample fields from Columbus, Ohio to Fishers, Indiana while the western leg will sample fields from Sioux Falls, South Dakota to Grand Island, Nebraska.

This week more than two thousand corn and soybean samples across seven states. The Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour represents 70 percent of the corn and soybean production in the US. Then on Friday August 23th Pro Farmer will release US corn and soyean crop estimates at 2pm CT.

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