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Fate of April planted corn hanging in the balance

An extension corn specialist says there are still a lot of questions to be answered about the April planted corn.

Purdue University’s Bob Nielsen says the water is just now getting off of the fields.  “Some of these fields have a pretty thick crust at the surface which is impeding emergence,” he says.  “And coupled with all that – it’s approaching 3 weeks underwater.”

He tells Brownfield this week’s forecast in the Eastern Corn Belt will likely seal the fate of corn planted ahead of the recent cool, wet pattern.  “The fields that are indeed healthy – I think will show some pretty dramatic recovery this week,” he says.  “I suppose vice-versa the fields that might be struggling – it will become more apparent if they are struggling or not.”

Nielsen says sunshine and warm temperatures will do a world of good for those early planted fields.

AUDIO: Bob Nielsen, Purdue Extension

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