Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Images of Downed Corn

Chad Lee, Extension Agronomist, University of Kentucky

I visited a couple fields in central Kentucky today that had downed corn. The common theme was that the fields hurt the most by the wind were also hurt by dry weather. The lack of water compromised the stalks. The stalks were very susceptible to strong winds or other weather events that might knock corn down. Much of the corn was bent over at about 20 inches above the ground. This will allow the kernels on the ears to dry a little. But, harvesting the corn at high moisture is still necessary to reduce further losses. 

Corn knocked down by strong winds was weakened first by dry weather.

Corn ear on the ground. High risk for mold. Little to no chance of dryng down.

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