Pioneer and John Deere Risk Protection to Sponsor Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour in August
Cedar Falls, IA .- Pioneer Hi-Bred, a DuPont business, and John Deere Risk Protection, Inc. (JDRP), a subsidiary of Deere & Company offering crop insurance, will jointly sponsor the annual Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour August 18-21, 2008. More than 70 volunteer crop scouts will travel 20 predetermined routes across seven states to measure corn and soybean yield potential in more than 1,000 fields as part of Crop Tour. The event is entering its 15th year as a full scale project to estimate likely corn and soybean production for the current year’s crops.
“Crop Tour is followed by thousands of farmers and others with close ties to agriculture,” said Pro Farmer editor Chip Flory. “Strong demand for many commodities means our production estimates will be studied more carefully than ever by the people and companies worldwide who care about these markets.”
Pioneer and JDRP will host hundreds of farmers at evening meetings organized by Pro Farmer during Crop Tour. Each meeting includes a presentation of that day’s measurements and observations from the field – usually a lively discussion about how well crops are progressing in each region of the Midwest. Official findings and results for Midwest Crop Tour will be published in the August 23 issue of Pro Farmer newsletter and online at Pro Farmer Leaving Pioneer.com.
Growers will be able to go online at www.pioneer.com and the Pioneer GrowingPoint® website Leaving Pioneer.com to access several features that will recap these evening meetings and provide a local perspective on agronomics as reported by Pioneer agronomists.
“A project this ambitious would not be possible without the help and support we get from Pioneer, John Deere Risk Protection and our volunteer crop scouts,” said Pro Farmer general manager Chuck Roth. “Everyone understands the importance of the information we are gathering. A lot of effort and investment goes into making sure we do it right.”
Crop Tour scouting routes will travel across parts of these seven states – Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota, and Nebraska. Farmers and other participants volunteer to scout fields in either the “Eastern Leg” or “Western Leg” of the tour. Both the Eastern and Western groups finish Crop Tour in southern Minnesota, with the final evening meeting to be held in Austin, Minnesota August 21. The panel discussion in Austin will be filmed in front of a live audience of more than 300 farmers for that weekend’s edition of the U.S. Farm Report television program.
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