Planting delays and corn prospects
URBANA – April 2013 turned into a "second March," with wet weather and cool temperatures persisting into the last week of the month and corn planting progress in Illinois stuck at 1 percent as May 1 approached. Nationally, only 5 percent of the corn crop was planted by April 28, and none of the Corn Belt states had more than 2 percent planted, according to University of Illinois crop sciences professor Emerson Nafziger.
"The corn that has been planted is struggling mightily to survive the soil conditions and to emerge," Nafziger said. "If we are lucky enough to 'skip' another month and May begins to look more like a typical June, it's not too late to get the planting and crop back on track."
Nafziger said that while yield potential will start to drop as planting gets further into May, chances of a good corn crop remain high as long as weather permits planting soon, and then returns to a more normal pattern of rainfall without summer drought periods like parts of Illinois has seen for the past three years.
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