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Hot, dry week not enough to stress corn crops

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Even with this dry, hot week experts said the corn crop is looking good. Especially compared to last year when some farmers walked away with only 10 bushels an acre.  But this year, one local farmer said he could expect a yield that is about double what he got last year.

Last month it was wet a season for farmers. This week it's been a dry, but overall, "So far so good," said Executive Vice President of the Macon County Farm Bureau Tim Stock.

 

Farmers are optimistic.

"A lot can happen between now and harvest, but I like our chances," said farmer David Brown of Brown & Brown Farms.

Chances to double his crop compared to last year. In his early predictions, Brown showed how some of his ears of corn have the potential to produce around 200 bushels an acre.

"If they all pollinate and do a good job, we could be on a situation where we are much better than we were last year," he said. "Almost as good this year as we were bad last year."

This spring a wet planting season created a wet subsoil. That means crops can find moisture even if it is dry.

"With the extreme heat you'll see some plants start to roll up and protect themselves to conserve moisture in the plant," Stock explained.

Brown hasn't observed that happening to his crops yet, but moving forward periodic rainfall will be crucial as the corn crop starts to pollinate.

"From here on out will determine just how much this ear is filled out," Brown said. "If we get cooler temperatures and plenty of moisture it will fill out to its maximum potential."

So as always, the fate of farmers is in mother nature's hands.

Next month is the Farm Progress show. That's when farmers might see the impacts of the late planting season. By late August, experts said some crops might not be as mature.

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