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Corn yield contest extended because of adverse harvest conditions

The National Corn Growers Association is extending their corn yield contest deadline to allow for more farmers to finish harvesting.

Michigan Corn Executive Director Jim Zook tells Brownfield his state made the request as harvest is still about three weeks behind average.

“This harvest has definitely been one of those for the record books,” he shares.  “It’s been long. It’s been wet.”

Participants now have until December 5th to submit their yield contest entries and winners will be named on the 15th.

Wet harvest conditions have also significantly increased vomitoxin levels.  Zook says the checkoff would like farmers to self-report on their website if they had quality issues.

“What variety did you have?” he says will be asked.  “What was the test level that you had? Did you spray any fungicide on? And if so, when did you spray it? And then also what fungicide did you use?”

The data collected will be used to study if there are cultural practices farmers can make to reduce the pathogen.

Zook says extreme wetness in several regions could prolong harvest for a few more weeks.

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