Dr. Ron Heiniger, corn specialist with NC State Extension, is pleased and surprised at how good the corn crop is looking, given what it’s been through in it’s short life:
“Well, overall this crop still looks really good despite that we’ve had everything from dry weather early to just too much doggone water now, so its surprising just how good this crop looks. But, we are fighting some water, this crop has all it needs, and more in some places, growers are seeing in some low spots in the fields they’re turning yellow and that is a concern. Anytime we get to V-10, which a lot of this crop is, or beyond, you like for that crop to be green, and I’ve had some guys talk about treating with some nitrogen, and that certainly…if a guy has the capability, is a good plan given the yield potential that we have in this crop right now.”
As far as possible replant in areas with weather damage, Heiniger says it’s possible, just put a fine point on your pencil before committing:
“There has been some replant, particularly in some bottom areas where we’ve had so much rain, and it of course flooded the crop, and when that crop’s under water for two or three days, that’s all it can take, and there’s been a few places that we’ve got some wind damage, and some replant. And then of course there’s hail, some of these storms moving through, a lot of the hail damage so far, we think, has been minimal. But, those are concerns about replant.
We can still be doing some replant here, I’ve seen corn do well even planted up into June, so it’s certainly possible to replant. I’m always cautious about replanting, throwing good money after bad, but there has been some situations that that corn just got way too much water and just couldn’t take it any more.”
We’ll hear more from NC State’s Dr. Ron Heiniger later this week on Today’s Topic.
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