Timely Rain Helps Corn And Beans
Trent Brandenburg is happy to have received more than an inch of rain on his dry fields in mid-July. After scouting his crops to determine drought damage, he concluded that the corn pollination hadn’t gotten far enough along to be seriously damaged.
Corn is tasseling, and although it may not be as tall as in some recent years, both corn and beans now look good, he said.
The latest edition of the Illinois Drought Monitor Map issued on July 14, 2022, shows most of Piatt, Douglas, and Champaign Counties in “Severe Drought.” With some rain predicted for the next few days and Saturday night/Sunday, Trent feels safe from too much yield loss due to the recent dry spell. Like the experienced farmer he is, Trent cautions, “There may be hidden damage we can’t see, but right now it looks good.”
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