South Carolina’s corn crop started the season with a lot of promise, but since has had its fair share of trials and tribulations. Clemson Extension corn specialist based at the Edisto Research & Education Center, David Gunter:
“We started out with some good looking corn but then we had some dry spells this summer. Its risky dryland corn. Yields will be reflected in the hurt. The irrigated guys are running it nonstop. So we have a lot of money in this crop with all that irrigation.”
Gunter says producers heeded the call and took the appearance of southern corn rust seriously:
“We had southern rust come in earlier than normal. We had some growers put out stuff a bit early and maybe they should have waited.”
Gunter anticipates harvest to be underway in just a couple of weeks:
“Now we have an in between where we are finally getting some rain and can turn off some of the irrigation. We are now in the dry down mode and will have some combines in the field over the next few weeks.”
We’ll visit with David Gunter again tomorrow on the Palmetto State’s soybean crop on Inside Agriculture.