Minnesota Farmer


July 16
July 16, 2018, 9:34 pm
Filed under: Corn, Farm, nitrogen, weather

Who would have believed it.  Here it is July 16 and the corn is almost fully tasseled.  We went through a terrible spring, wet ground and late planting made us believe the whole year would be late, and now the corn is tasseling on time, this is great!

Now not every field looks this good.  There are drowned out spots, but they do not really take up all that much area.  Of more concern are really late planted corn, replanted corn and areas of compaction or nitrogen shortage, all of those can amount to many more acres and much more yield loss than the drowned out will effect.  When you look across a field and you see areas where the corn looks a bit yellow and is short, that could be from any of those problems.  They will cause a shortage of mature corn at harvest and a reduced yield.

So I’m giving thanks for the places where the corn looks great, but I’m a bit worried for the areas where it does not.