Posted at: 08/22/2013 11:06 PM
By: Steph Crock
Will They Make It? Hundreds Gather to Discuss Crop Conditions
(ABC 6 News) -- From too much moisture, to not enough. The "Pro Farmer" crop tour met in Rochester Thursday after traveling across the Midwest. From Ohio to Indiana, even to our west in South Dakota, farmers have been checking the corn and soy beans to see where the crop is at this year.
They combed through roughly 1,200 fields in four days. "We go 35 paces past the end row, and then we part of two 30 foot sections, and then we count the ears in each of the two rows there," said Brian Grete with Pro Farmer.
"When you're farmer, you kind of live and breathe this stuff," said Albert Lea farmer Brad Nelson.
However, their findings show most of the corn and soybean crops this season are far behind. "Normally you would see quite a bit of corn that's starting to dent at this time," said Grete.
"We had all that snow this spring on May 2nd. My particular farm had 17 inches of snow," said Nelson. That snow storm set Minnesota even further behind than other parts of the Midwest and there's not much time to catch up.
"Well obviously the crop is very well behind because of the very wet spring we had. It’s going to need time, and it’s going to need some moisture to finish out and get to maturity," said Grete.
"We'll need all of September and into October before we have a freeze this year," said Nelson.
Though the clock is ticking, that spring snow storm is proof anything can happen. "Always have to hope for the best, When you're a farmer, you've got to be optimistic," said Nelson.
After the final crop check here, more than 700 farmers from all over, gathered at the Rochester International Event Center to go over their findings. The full results comparing one state to another won't be available until Friday on profarmer.com.