If you haven't yet enter the contest kicked off in the December issue of Indiana Prairie Farmer, page 7, in 'This crops quiz pays off,' here's your final chance. Entries are due either postmarked today, Dec. 21, or submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org before midnight tonight.
Instead of guessing yields, answer 10 multiple choice questions based on pictures and brief descriptions. Each situation came from a relay-world development this season. The story behind each of these 10 cases will be shared with readers after the contest ends and winners have been determined.
If more than one person has all 10 right, or the same number right if the top scores are less than 10 of 10, names of those with the highest scores will be placed in a hat. Winners will be determined simply by drawing out names.
If you spend $2 to $20 to pay the Hoosier Lottery, here's a far better chance at a pay-back. First, it involves knowledge, not just luck. And there's no charge to enter. If you're not sure of an answer, you can likely Google other sits for help.
First place earns six bags of Beck's Hybrids seed corn for the 2010 season. Becks is located near Atlanta in Hamilton County. Second prize will be six free bags of Beck's soybean seed. Third place will get either six bags of Purdue wheat seed or an equivalent prize in case the third place winner doesn't grow wheat.
Just to reward you for visiting the Web, here are a few clues. Refer back to page 7 in the December issue as you read these clues.
First, take a look at #5, perhaps the ugliest ear of corn you've ever seen. Hopefully you didn't have many of these ears in your fields. While the ear has many problems, the initial damage was caused by an insect relatively new to Indiana. Three to four larvae of that insect can attack a single ear, opening holes for other pathogens and water to enter.
Next, look at the ear on number 7. Not all areas of Indiana were bombarded with rain all year long. Nearly everyone finally received enough to result in decent yields, but there were a few areas where rain was actually scarce. On top of that, sandy soils were especially prone to dry weather problems.
Finally, here's a hint on number #10. Yes, 2009 featured the coolest July on record in most of the Midwest. That doesn't mean there weren't a few days or short spells when it was actually hot and dry. The stalk in photo number 10 was dug just a few days after five days in a row of 90 degree hit the area during the last week of June. It would be the last 90 degree weather of the season!
Good luck! We'll look for either an email from you today, or the entry form in an envelope, postmarked today. Don't miss out!