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Corn Harvest Getting Started in Southern Regions

In southern South Carolina, corn harvest is getting underway.  Kevin Phillips, field agronomist with DuPont Pioneer in South Carolina and Georgia:

“We are just starting to set a few grain yield monitors in the combines. We checked some 1303 yesterday it was about 235-245. There was also about 18% moisture on mid-March planted corn.”

Phillips says some of the plots they harvested earlier this week dried down pretty quick due to Southern corn rust:

“This corn with the southern rust pressure had stalks that were drying down good. Most of the ears had turned down in that field. We were able to harvest a bit. The late February planted corn that was cut last week was in the 290s.”

In scouting fields the past few weeks, Phillips determined that pressure from Southern corn rust showed up in pockets:

“The windy days are drying corn. There is rust pressure across the state. I looked at corn near Holly Hill and the rust pressure was fairly light. Around Norway it was a little worse. It was irrigated corn that tends to make rust a little worse.”

Regarding soybeans, Phillips says the double crop beans are catching up from late planting:

A lot of the double crop beans are starting to get in the pod phase, full flowers also. They have nice looking beans across the area. Many are in need of a rain shower. The pest pressure has been fairly light, though there are some reports of kudzu bugs.”

DuPont Pioneer field agronomist Kevin Phillips.'

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.