SPENCER, Iowa (Reuters) - Corn yield potential and soybean pod counts across western Iowa were down from a year ago and below the three-year average, with the crops showing signs of stress from dryness during June and July, scouts on an annual tour found on Wednesday.
The Farm Journal Midwest Crop Tour estimated corn yields in crop district one of Iowa at 178.67 bushels per acre. Scouts pegged yields at 186.82 bushels per acre in the same area of 2016. The tour’s three-year average for the district is 184.16 bushels per acre.
For crop district four, corn yields were pegged at 179.36 bushels per acre. That compared with 182.65 bushels per acre in 2016 and the three-year average of 182.53 bushels per acre. Iowa crop district seven corn yields were calculated at 185.65 bushels per acre, down from 191.87 bushels per acre in 2016. The three-year average for district seven was 179.68 bushels per acre.
Soybean pod counts in a 3-by-3 foot area averaged 986.49 in district one, down from 1,226.21 a year ago and the three-year average of 1,177.02.
In crop district four, average soybean pod counts were 1,158.06, down from 1,265.39 in 2016 and the three-year average of 1,256.85. Crop district seven soybean pod counts averaged 1,133.76, below 1,380.97 in 2016 and the three-year average of 1,281.22.
Scouts surveyed 191 soybean fields and 193 corn fields in western Iowa. The state was the largest production state for corn and the second largest for soybeans in 2016.
Reporting by Mark Weinraub; Editing by Peter Cooney