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2015 US Corn Belt Crop Tour: Michigan

Final state visited during 12-state tour

By Diego Flammini, Farms.com

The 4th annual Farms.com US Corn Belt Crop Tour made its way through the American Midwest, visiting some of the major players in corn, soybean and wheat production to get a better understanding of how each state will contribute to the national yield.

With Farms.com Risk Management’s Chief Commodity Strategist at the helm, the team started their journey in Ohio and traveled through Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, and Wisconsin before visiting the last state on the tour, Michigan.

“The corn is very short, which is amazing to me,” Agostino said standing near a cornfield. “I’m surprised to be honest with you. You get that variability because perhaps Michigan got a little too much moisture over the last couple months.”

As the tour traveled along Highway 12 near Three Oaks, Michigan, the surprises kept coming.

“The beans are looking further ahead than the corn, which again is a little bit of a surprise to me,” Agostino said.

Near Cilo, Michigan on Highway 57, the soybeans appeared to be lacking in moisture.

“Local farmers are suggesting that (the soybeans) need a drink or two – it’s been a little dry in this area and not filled out like we’ve seen,” Agostino said.

Overall, Michigan proved to be a tough state to concretely determine how it might perform over the next few weeks and months.

“It’s a mixed bag,” Agostino said. “A lot of variability, uneven corn and short beans. I’m basically going to conclude that you’ve got an average to below average crop in the state of Michigan.”

Join the conversation and tell us how you enjoyed the 2015 Farms.com US Corn Belt Crop Tour. What are some things you took away from the tour? What are some things you’d like to see in future crop tours?

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