Agriculture
11:49 am
Tue August 20, 2013

Corn Benefits From Cool, Wet Summer

This year’s corn crop is looking good, thanks to a cool, wet summer. Early summer rains delayed planting for many farmers. 

Harvest should begin this week and next in some fields, according to Anthony Ohmes. He’s a regional agronomy specialist at the University of Missouri Extension office in Cape Girardeau County.

“We’ve definitely had much cooler days and evenings,” Ohmes said. “Pollination has done better than in a hot, dry environment like last year. So corn overall looks really good.”

He said the wet conditions bring increased risk for ear rot, but right now there’s not a high level of concern.

Ohmes said soybeans are also behind schedule, but that shouldn’t be a concern in places like southeastern Missouri where frost doesn’t become a concern until later in the year.