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30th Annual Pro Farmer Crop Tour to Assess Magnitude of Drought and Overall Crop Amid Higher, More Volatile Commodity Price Environment

Cedar Falls, Iowa (Aug. 9, 2022) — Pro Farmer scouts will fan out across the Corn Belt to measure this year’s corn and soybean yield potential during the 30th annual Pro Farmer Crop Tour, set for Aug. 22-25. The tour is an August ritual covering seven Midwestern states and capturing the attention of the industry and national media. Observations and results will be shared nightly at in-person events throughout the tour routes and live-streamed online at

“We know there are some trouble spots out there, areas that were dry in June and remained that way through pollination, but also many good areas where yields will be impressive,” says Brian Grete, Pro Farmer editor and Eastern tour director. “Crop Tour will give us a first-hand look at whether the good areas are enough to compensate for the poorer locations. This is a service we provide to the industry, and anyone with interest can attend one of the nightly meetings or tune into our live-streamed coverage each night.”

Registration is required to attend nightly meetings and to access live-streamed results each night. Registration is available now at

Pro Farmer Crop Tour is the most thorough and most followed inspection of yield potential during a critical time in the growing season. Crop industry stakeholders watch results closely for insights around projected grain supplies and the effects on commodity markets.

“USDA no longer collects objective yield samples in August, so the Pro Farmer Crop Tour will be the first to measure ear populations and pod counts from actual fields across the Corn Belt,” said Chip Flory, AgriTalk host and Western tour director. “The objec­tive of Crop Tour is to find a representative sample of yield poten­tial across the seven Corn Belt states. We’ll pull roughly 1,500 corn and 1,500 soybean samples, which should provide significant insight into where this crop is and how it may finish.”

Farmer-scouts and industry experts will cover corn and soybean fields across Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, Ohio and South Dakota during Crop Tour. A summary of findings from the tour will be presented nightly at 8 p.m. CDT through a live-streamed broadcast hosted by Clinton Griffiths, Tyne Morgan, Chip Flory and Brian Grete.

Each day’s official findings and results for the Pro Farmer Crop Tour will be published on, where subscribers have exclusive access to comparative data of past tour results. Free trials are also available to access Crop Tour data at Robust daily coverage also will be delivered at as well as AgDay TV.

Pro Farmer’s Brian Grete will join tour scouts on AgriTalk radio at 10:06 a.m. and 2:06 p.m. CDT to share the latest crop observations every day of the tour. Real-time reports will cascade across social media at #PFTour22. Pro Farmer’s national crop production estimates will be published in the Aug. 27 issue of the Pro Farmernewsletter.

Pro Farmer thanks the scouts; presenting sponsors Pioneer and Pivot Bio; international sponsor U.S. Soybean Export Council; and supporting sponsors Ag Leader, Beck’s, Sound Ag, Taranis and RCIS for their partnership in the 2022 Pro Farmer Crop Tour.

Founded in 1973, Pro Farmer is a division of Farm Journal and is the leading subscription-based market advisory organization in agriculture and serves members across the United States and in Canada.

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