If Goldilocks was after a good cornfield instead of porridge, she would look at the Crop Watch '15 field at this point in the season and say, "And this one is just right!"
Crop Watch 6/26: Find cause of minor problems in corn now
Has it had an inch of rain every week right on schedule? No, not exactly. But it has never suffered for moisture, yet moisture wasn't excessive early, allowing for good rooting. It was planted on time during the first week of May. And many of the huge rains plaguing parts of northern Indian, Michigan and Ohio skipped this field.
It did receive several inches in the last two weeks, but the timing was such that most of the field handled it without a problem.
Corn will soon approach waist-high. Most of the field is still dark green. If there has been nitrogen loss, it has likely been minimal, based on what was applied and when, vs. potential for losses. Time will tell whether it runs short on N at the end of the season or not.
The bottom line is that this field still has the yield potential it began with – about 200 bushels per acre. Many of you are in an unfortunate situation where that isn't the case. However, reports streaming in indicate that there will be some good crops sprinkled in along with fields badly hurt by late planting and excessive rain after planting.
If you're planning to enter the Crop Watch '15 contest, offering free seed from Seed Consultants, Inc., to the three people in each state of Indiana, Michigan and Ohio, who guess closest to the final yield, don't drop your guess due to weather on this field just yet.
You have until Sept. 15 to submit your yield guess. You can email guesses to [email protected], or send to: P.O. Box 247, Franklin, IN 46131.