Growing conditions have stymied crop development in the Midwest recently. Some of the neighboring corn fields have been planted for nearly 4 weeks, & are just starting to poke through today. Getting the crop off to a good start seems to be a problem in recent years.
Bob Nielsen, from Purdue University, explains why corn seems to experience this every year.
"During this important transition from dependence on kernel reserves to dependence on the nodal root system, corn seedlings are easily sidetracked when growing conditions are not adequate for maximum photosynthesis and rapid development of the nodal root system. Consequently, the appearance of corn seedlings during these early leaf stages can be downright ugly during extended periods of cloudy, cool weather. Throw in some excessively wet soils plus a little soil compaction plus a pinch of frost damage and you have a good start on a recipe for "crappy" stands of corn. The best remedy for most fields of yellow-green corn seedlings suffering from the effect of "crappy" growing conditions is the return of ample sunshine and warmth."
The entire article can be found at: www.agry.purdue.edu/ext/corn/news/timeless/UglyDuckling.html
Here's to hoping for sunshine & warmth!
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