Whether you’re working from a combine cab, grain truck or home office, don’t miss a moment of harvest action with Farmobile and Pro Farmer on AgriTalk Radio (Tuesdays at 2:50 p.m. CDT). Hear AgriTalk Host Chip Flory and Farmobile CEO Jason Tatge discuss weekly harvest results, powered by the Farmobile Index (available daily to subscribers.) Missed it? Hear the shows below.
10.20.20 / AgriTalk: Iowa Corn Curveball
3rd Edition of the weekly Pro Farmer Harvest Report powered by the Farmobile Index (10/16). This week Brian Grete, ProFarmer Editor and Senior Market Analyst, joins Farmobile CEO Jason Tatge and AgriTalk Host Chip Flory to compare the Farmobile Index corn and soybean trends (filed 10/14 midnight) against USDA projections and what scouts saw in the field during the August 2020 Pro Farmer Crop Tour. Well into harvest, this week’s Farmobile Index “standout” observations centered around the “real variability” in corn yields – particularly in Iowa, Missouri and Nebraska – and more questions about Derecho-impacted crops in Iowa.
Chip Flory: ‘Can you start with Iowa for me, because this Iowa number has been a real head-scratcher for me.’
Jason Tatge: ‘We’re at 149 (bu/acre) right now – which is up one (bu/acre) from our report last week. But it’s still well off of the USDA’s number of 186 (bu/acre) they put out here in October. So we’re still 30+ bushels off in that one. That’s making everyone’s head scratch a little bit. And the interesting thing is, if we look at Iowa beans, the Farmobile Index is coming in two bushels over what the USDA number is – 58 vs a 56 (bu/acre). So you know, when you look at that, those numbers are right on. It’s just the corn number that seems to be a real head-scratcher, for sure.”
Brian Grete: “We were in line for a great (Iowa) crop then August 10, the Derecho ripped through the state and took the heart out of the center part of the state… You don’t know, when all is said and done, how much of that corn was even harvested and what the yields were on it. And it just raises a lot of uncertainty in a year like this.”
Hear MO, NE, IL and IN corn highlights and the full soybean report.
10.13.20 / AgriTalk: Soybeans Boom
2nd Edition of the weekly Pro Farmer Harvest Report powered by the Farmobile Index (10/9). This week Jason Tatge, Farmobile CEO and Chip Flory, AgriTalk compare the Farmobile Index corn and soybean trends (filed 10/7 – midnight) against USDA projections. Early soybean yields remained ahead of USDA projections in all states reporting this week (not terribly shocking as farmers are able to get into their early planted fields). Iowa corn yield continues to lag but is improving, and Minnesota corn yield saw the largest jump since 10/1 — confirming a really good northern growing area corn crop.
Chip Flory, on corn: “Some of these areas that we’ve been talking about … went through that dry August. It feels like in some of the areas, they (farmers) were able to build yield by that third week of August when the team was out on the Pro Farmer Crop Tour (8/17 – 8/20). They identified that yield and somehow, someway it held on to that yield even through the dry end-of-the-month, end of September…. Even to see Illinois coming in at 210 (bu/acre) — I mean, come on, that’s a doggone good number.”
Jason Tatge, on soybeans: “Almost every state is reporting better than what the USDA is projecting right now. So, if we can keep the prices up a little bit, this might be a decent opportunity (for farmers) … Early beans are generally thought of to be a little bit better yield so we’ll see next week how we follow this up.”
10.06.20 / AgriTalk: Talking Corn Crop
Last Friday (10/2), Pro Farmer Harvest Report issued its first weekly harvest results powered by the Farmobile Index. During this week’s Tuesday on-air conversation between Farmobile CEO Jason Tatge and AgriTalk Host Chip Flory, the focus was on corn yields and USDA’s surprising Quarterly Grain Stocks Report (Sept 30), which showed that old crop corn stocks on hand as of Sept. 1, 2020 were, actually, down 10% from Sept. 1, 2019. This begs the question, what is the true size of the 2020 corn crop?
Jason Tatge: “We’re seeing some states trending a little higher than what the USDA is projecting, and we’re seeing some trending quite a bit lower. The steady drip (of state-level harvest averages) is really something that is going to be important to track … Wednesday’s report – the big shocker coming out there (from USDA) – that’s just another example of ways that we can do a better job of starting to combine resources to get a better picture of what the crop size actually will be.”
Chip: “Because this is the first ensemble of the Pro Farmer Harvest Report powered by the Farmobile Index, we need to understand that there’s more data coming in all the time. And that additional data will only increase the accuracy going forward.”
9.30.20 / AgriTalk: Empower Market Decisions with Real-time
Just “how” can real-time data technology change the farmer’s harvest narrative and speed up the timeliness of intelligence for better market decision-making? It’s “playing out” – right now – as a direct farmer-benefit of Farmobile and the Farmobile Index for Harvest. That was the topic of conversation during Tuesday’s AgriTalk Radio conversation between Farmobile CEO Jason Tatge and AgriTalk Host Chip Flory.
CHIP: “So, in other words, there’s no more sitting in the cab looking at your yield and wondering … how it stacks up with everybody else’s ….”
JASON: “The farmers are the creators of this (harvest) data so we’re trying to create a way that – since they are the first ones to see that data – how can we give them an advantage ….”
NOTE: The Farmobile Index™, exclusive to Farmobile subscribers, only uses data totals, aggregated at the state level. Absolutely NO identifiable farm data is shared.