Incoming NCGA president sees drought impact as harvest begins

The incoming president of the National Corn Growers Association is seeing the effects of drought as harvest gets going on his farm.

Chris Edgington of Saint Ansgar in north-central Iowa says despite spotty rains this summer, total moisture for the growing season ended up about eight to ten inches short of normal.

“The yields that have been coming out so far (I’m) pleasantly surprised. There are some bean fields that have some disease issues, white mold seems to be the most prevalent, and that’s hitting the yield pretty hard. But the other fields have been yielding pretty darn good considering the growing season that we had.”

He tells Brownfield a rain event did bring 9 to 12 inches of rain in late August.

“A way to tell you how dry we were, the next morning we did not have standing water at a site that we were going to utilize that day for a wedding that was next to an old barn. So that water all disappeared.”

Edgington says that late summer rain allowed the crop to hang on.

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