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This is the Year of the Corn…Really


We’ve been chatting with NC State Extension Corn Specialist Dr. Ron Heiniger this week on this year’s corn crop as harvest draws near.  Today, Heiniger says forget last year, THIS is the year of the corn in North Carolina:

“I have had calls from growers who have counted kernals, mostly corn under irrigation…I have seen conventional corn without irrigation in a similar situation, and say there’s easily fields that are going to go for 350 bu/a.  which is unheard of. 

“I would venture to guess we certainly will see a number of 300 bu/a yields, unlike last year, at this stage we were struggling to find a good 300 bu/a corn, we had good corn, this we’ve got a lot of these top end fields; 60 plus kernel ears, 18-20 plus rows around, doesn’t take many of those and you have a 300 bu/a crop. 

“So I would venture to guess we’ll see some corn approach 400 bu/a.  I think our statewide average yield…I mean we’ve got good corn in Duplin County and Lumberton area, there are very vey spots that don’t have good corn.   This year you have to hunt hard to find any place where the corn isn’t in good shape. So, our statewide average, we could easily to get in the 155 to 160 bu/a range.  We may beat the nationwide average this year.”

Do you think this is the year that we could break 400 bu/a?

“It could be.  I’m sort of holding my breath, given what growers are counting, there are good spots in these fields this year that are probably not as well known to them because they’ve not seen this kind of weather.  I think there’s a good chance a grower is going to be recording 400 bu/a corn.  I really think we’ll see a yield entry over 400 bu/a this year.

“As I told somebody…I wish I had one of those ‘neurolizer’, like they had on “Men in Black”, they had a ‘neurolizer’ that stuns you and makes you forget what you were told.  Well, I wish I had a ‘neurolizer’, I’d neurolize all these corn farmers where I told them this was the year of the corn, last year, and I’d stun them and make them forget that, and tell them it’s this year, this is the year of the corn. This is one of those rare years where everything came together, this is definitely going to be the year of the corn for us.”

To hear all of the visit with Dr. Ron Heiniger, NC State Extension Corn Specialist, go to SFNToday dot com.'

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.