How much has drought affected your crop?
As the agriculture community in northern Illinois prepares for a harvest that has been hastened to maturity by late season dryness and high temperatures, a recurring question arises when I visit with farmers whose corn is brown instead of green. “What impact will this have on final yield?”
The Sept. 10 U.S. Drought Monitor places all of Bureau County in either the abnormally dry or moderate drought categories. I had hoped this question would not arise again, especially on the heels of 2012, but a year later we are experiencing similar weather patterns. What will benefit growers greatly is this has been a comparatively short term event compared to the almost season-long drought last year.
To answer the question if we can still lose yield when our corn is at full dent, (R5) I’d like to share the perspective of Bob Nielsen from Purdue University. In a Sept. 10 news release he shared the following information:
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