Mike Baker, Dekalb Agronomist for North and South Carolina. How are things looking out in the field?
“I think it’s a very typical year for us particularly with corn. Corn is very dependent on good rainfall during a very small window. A lot of times with our normal planting dates it is June into mid July. This year its been typical with spotty rainfall where some have had some timely rain and the crop will be average to a bit better. But other areas have had no rain since May and that will really hurt the yields.
Right now in the western corn plains and next year in the eastern in the corn belt we are launching a new technology we call ‘Drought Guard’. It really has a direct effect on the water use efficiency. We are testing it in a number of locations in the Carolina’s so it’s the perfect year to do that. It’s exciting to see the potential of this technology here.
It also helps address a problem with insects like corn ear worms. It’s in sweet corn and field corn. It’s exciting to see the protection our products like the DoublePro or TriplePro that have the corn ear worm protection, it’s a dramatic difference in the amount of damage that is done.”