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Soybeans, corn damaged in South Dakota after drought – crop tour

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GRAND ISLAND, Neb., August 22 (Reuters)South Dakota’s corn yield outlook and soybean pod counts are well below last year and the three-year average, scouts found Monday during an annual tour of major U.S. producing states.

The tour is being watched closely by farmers and commodity traders as extreme heat and widespread drought in parts of the US Midwest have hampered fields. A series of difficult harvests around the world indicates several years of tight supplies and high food costs.

South Dakota corn yields were forecast at 118.45 bushels per acre (bpa), the Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour said Monday night, the tour’s worst since 2012 and well below the tour’s average for 2021 crop of 151.45 bpa and three-year harvest. average for the round of 161.59 bpa.

“Even if it rained now, it would be useless [for the corn] in South Dakota,” said Emily Carolan, territory manager at Pioneer Seeds and tour participant. “The stress on this crop has lasted all season.

The western leg of the tour will calculate yields in Nebraska on Tuesday, and continued low yields in major producing areas will raise concerns that the U.S. corn crop could be worse than forecast by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The four-day crop tour, which does not forecast soybean yields, estimated the amount of soybean pods in a 3-by-3-foot square in South Dakota at an average of 871.40 pods, down compared to last year’s average of 996.86 pods and the three-year average of 1,026.86 pods.

The eastern leg of the tour, however, on Monday forecast better corn yields and better soybean pod counts than the three-year average for the tour.

(Reporting by Karen Braun and PJ Huffstutter; Editing by Caroline Stauffer)

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