A southwest Missouri corn grower says he’s had a couple of setbacks during spring planting but he expects a good outcome in his area and throughout the state this year.
Kyle Kirby farms in Liberal, Missouri, and says that twice this season, a half a foot of rain has slowed his corn planting down.
“We are going to have to go back and replant a little bit of that for the third time but I would say 80 to 85 percent of the corn in this part of the country looks good,” Kirby tells Brownfield Ag News.
And, says Kirby, they’re much further along than last year, when corn planting wasn’t completed until the end of May – following by a sweltering drought that damaged crops. Kirby says things this year are looking up for Missouri corn growers.
“Missouri really is looking for a big corn crop this year. We haven’t had one for two or three just because of all the problems because of flooding on the rivers and the drought, such as last summer. But, things really look up this year. I believe we’ll have a big crop,” says Kirby.
Kyle Kirby is on the board of the Missouri Corn Merchandising Council.