Stu Ellis With WCIA 3 Reporting On Crop Growth 2017
If you have noticed the corn is unusually short this year, that is because of the spring weather, and the current dry spell is not helping any. Stu Ellis has our report…
It has been a strange year in corn fields. A long time ago we threw out Grandpa’s adage of knee high by the 4th of July. Most of the time corn is 6-7 feet tall when it starts to tassel. This year its only 5-6 feet tall. And a lot of tassels are coming out.
A combination of cool and wet soil at planting first restricted root growth, then warm and dry conditions provided insufficient moisture for plant growth.
The height should not make much difference, as long as the leaf area is sufficient to catch sunlight. But right now when tassels and silks are emerging, that corn stalk needs water. And the curling leaves early in the day indicate dry soil will certainly stress corn pollination this year and have a negative impact on potential yield. Curling corn leaves are the plant’s natural reaction to conserve moisture and fight stress.
Rows and kernels have been determined, but the issue is whether the lack of moisture will prevent the last few kernels on the ear from being pollinated.
Soybeans are also showing a lot of stress from a lack of water. Soybean leaves will not curl as will corn leaves, but what they will do is turn up and you will see a great silver sheen across a soybean field.
What happens right now as soybeans are blooming that lack of water will cause blooms to abort and that means fewer pods.
Right now we really need a good shower. We hope that we can get one in the very near future for both soybeans and cornfields.
That is our report from the Farm. I’m Stu Ellis for WCIA 3 your news leader.
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