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Strange Year Brings Many Questions, Few Answers

Strange Year Brings Many Questions, Few Answers

Tough season could result in unusual sights this fall.

Reality is sinking in, and it isn't a pretty sight. Even those who got decent rains in late June and July, who are few and far between, say that what they thought would be 150 bushel corn, might only be 100 bushel corn. The excessive heat during the Fourth of July and hot week in mid-July, week of July 11, did a number on pollination, among other things.

So there are a lot of questions and not very many answers. Here are questions and what little, if anything, is clear right now.

Will residual herbicides affect cover crop plantings this fall?  That simply begs another question- will there be enough moisture to germinate cover corps anyway?

Strange Year Brings Many Questions, Few Answers

Will nitrates left behind wind up in tile lines or be available for next year? That all depends upon fall and winter rains and precipitation, agronomists say. Surely it will rain sometime.

Is there a way to capture those nitrates and keep them out of the waterways? Yes, with cover crops, but refer back to question one. Who knows if cover crops will be viable until a better rain pattern unfolds?

Will there be enough fodder in some fields that have at least some ears for rotary combines to work right? Believe it or not, one person has already thought about this. He has a 36-foot draper head, and

is thinking about using it because it's wider than his cornhead. Will he do it? We won't know unless it works- otherwise he says he won't tell us! But he seriously thinks his corn will be that short and ears that sparse to make such action at least a possibility.

Will there be enough demand for all the corn that could be chopped? That all depends on how many acres are truly low-yielding. It's still too early to tell at this point how that question will turn out.

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