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Worries Grow About Late Maturing Corn

Worries Grow About Late Maturing Corn
Free NDSU Extension meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 27 in Minot will focus on how to manage late maturing corn.

Much of the corn in north central North Dakota will need frost-free weather through the end of September to reach maturity, says Eric Eriksmoen, a research agronomist at the North Dakota State University North Central Research Center, Minot.

After reaching maturity, the corn will need several weeks of warm weather to dry down.

"Due to a season of cool, wet weather conditions, farmers are facing a very real possibility of harvesting corn that may not be fully mature. This may result in the need for additional drying prior to storage," Eriksmoen says.

Late-maturing corn will be the focus of a workshop at the North Central Research Extension Center near Minot on Tuesday, Aug. 27.

Worries Grow About Late Maturing Corn

The workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to noon, followed by lunch, at the research center headquarters.

The workshop is designed to help producers prepare for these conditions and will include presentations on corn production, harvest and marketing.

"We are bringing in experts who will discuss storage, drying and handling of wet corn; marketing corn with quality concerns; and crop insurance issues," Eriksmoen says. "Farmers may be facing decisions like the break-even price for drying corn at various moisture levels, opportunities for marketing immature and high-moisture corn, and what federal crop insurance will cover for quality losses."

The workshop also will include a demonstration on the use of drones to assist producers with crop production.

"This technology is still in its infancy, but the implications are very exciting," Eriksmoen says.

The miniature aircraft can be equipped with various sensors that give instantaneous live images of production-related problems such as disease outbreaks, weed infestations and nutrient deficiencies. In the very near future, producers will be able to get an instantaneous bird's-eye view of their crop and will be able to make more efficient management decisions based on what these sensors tell them.

Workshop presenters include Frayne Olson, NDSU Extension Service crops economist and marketing specialist; Ken Hellevang, NDSU Extension agricultural engineer; Mitchell Fiene, DMZ Aerial; and Robert Klein, University of Nebraska Extension cropping systems specialist, who will discuss production issues, including row spacing and plant populations.

The North Dakota Corn Growers Association is co-sponsoring the workshop. There is no charge to attend the event.

For additional information, contact the North Central Research Extension Center at 701-857-7677. The center is one mile south of Minot on U.S. Highway 83.

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