Early Corn Yields Surprisingly Good

Some producers in the southern part of North Carolina are starting to harvest early corn, and Aaron Alexander, DuPont Pioneer Field Agronomist in North Carolina and Virginia says the early numbers are respectable:

“Down near Lumberton they are picking some 100 and 106 day corn and they are looking at 140-250 under some irrigation. This year that is a very decent yield. I’m sure we will hear some better numbers and some that are a lot worse.”

Alexander says there’s some fields look really good, with good ears that are all but empty:

“There will be a lot of that. With the stress periods we had this year, a decent early stress period that reduced some ear size and then a continuous stress period through pollination that created ears with no grains. But I’m seeing a lot of good corn that I thought wouldn’t be there. So we will have both, some good and some really bad.”

And Pioneer’s drought tolerant corn really got put to the test in some parts of the state this year:

“With the stress we had, when you look at our complete line up, when you are looking at early corn being 103 day and the late corn at 121 day, on the western side of the state the early corn has escaped some of that stress during crucial times. We really have about three stress products that looked really good. We have a new 111 day product that performed really well under all of this stress.”

Regarding soybeans, Alexander says crop condition and development is all over the map, just depending on where you look:

“I am still seeing beans that have yet to canopy or at least cover the row. The biggest thing I have seen is that we have decent pod load, across the state. We really need a good rain right now to keep them or we will start aborting some of those pods. We still have enough time this year for it to go either way.”

Field Agronomist with DuPont Pioneer, Aaron Alexander.


A native of the Texas Panhandle, Rhonda was born and raised on a cotton farm where she saw cotton farming evolve from ditch irrigation to center pivot irrigation and harvest trailers to modules. After graduating from Texas Tech University, she got her start in radio with KGNC News Talk 710 in Amarillo, Texas.