Gearing Up for 2021 Digital Yield Tour

We’ll start with a series of daily multi-state reports Aug. 9-12. That will culminate in the announcement of Gro’s national average yield estimate on Aug. 13.

This year’s tour once again coincides with the Aug. 12 World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report from USDA. So you’ll have a fast comparison of those government yield estimates with results from Gro’s modelling efforts.

We continue to hold that this broad, satellite-based view has a key advantage over traditional crop-tour surveys. Where standard tours are based on a random sample of fields that can be covered in a short time frame, satellite imagery is taking in crop and field conditions from every field, in every county, of the states we’ll report on. Over the seasons that has allowed us to highlight the real-time effects of events such as the 2020 derecho, account for yield losses during years where prevented planting acres were significant, and observe overall crop conditions as they’re evolving.

We back all that high-level information up with on-the-ground reporting and discussions with farmers, agronomists and others with direct insights into how the crop is shaping up in their areas.

Watch for a full list of events for the tour in our Top Stories segment on our digital platforms and in the August issue of Progressive Farmer magazine.

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