What to do with downed corn?07/14/2011 - 07/25/2011
After a “massive windstorm” hammered property and cropland across the Corn Belt, farmers will be watching their fields anxiously as an already deteriorating corn crop struggles into pollination.
The storm reached near-historic proportions in some areas. “The National Weather Service in Des Moines is calling the wind event ‘the most widespread and damaging one to affect central and east central Iowa since 1998’ and estimated winds from the storm at anywhere from 80 to 110 miles per hour,” Freese-Notis Weather reported on Tuesday.
Karen Corrigan, an independent agronomist based in central Illinois, reported that farmers around the Midwest are asking “lots of questions on what to do with down/flat corn,” and offers several management tips for farmers dealing with down corn.