Crop survey done differently this year

Like many other things, the coronavirus is changing the way to get a feel for this year’s corn and soybean harvests.
The annual crop survey held by the Fayette County Farm Bureau’s marketing committee was scheduled for this Thursday, but was canceled due to COVID-19 concerns.
Katie Cayo, manager of the Fayette and Bond counties Farm Bureau offices, said the Fayette County Farm Bureau Board of Directors voted to conduct this year’s survey in a different manner.
The board also voted to cancel the annual steak dinner and program held on the evening of the crop survey at the Farm Bureau’s Brownstown Research Center.
This year, the Farm Bureau is asking individuals and ag businesses to collect data on corn and soybean fields at their leisure.
Those gathering yield data are asked to submit to the Farm Bureau the crop type, yield estimate and the township(s) in which the data was collected.
Anyone who plans to collect corn yield data who needs a corn calculator can contact the Farm Bureau office, 283-3276, 1125 Sunset Drive in Vandalia.
Those who collect yield estimate data are being asked to turn that data into the Farm Bureau office by the end of the day on Thursday.
In its Crop Progress and Condition report released on Monday, the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service said that for the week ending Aug. 23, corn dented was at 47 percent, compared to the five-year average of 51 percent.
The corn condition in Illinois was rated 1 percent very poor, 5 percent poor, 22 percent fair, 58 percent good and 14 percent excellent.
Soybean setting pods was at 92 percent, compared to the five-year average of 89 percent.
The soybean condition was rated 1 percent very poor, 5 percent poor, 21 percent fair, 57 percent good and 16 percent excellent.

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