Replant is possible after weekend freeze

An ag meteorologist says below freezing temperatures could have damaged emerging crops in the Midwest last weekend.

Drew Lerner with World Weather Incorporated says it depends whether the growing point of the plants were above the surface. Lerner says corn should recover if temperatures don’t heat up quickly.

“Sometimes it’s quicker to replant that crop and let it emerge and establish normally instead of waiting for better conditions for this crop to come back on its own. It can take a few weeks.”

But Lerner says soybeans are more susceptible to frost.

“Usually the damage done to an emerged soybean crop is more permanent than corn. There will likely be a decision sometime soon to replant.”

Lerner says Illinois, Iowa, Indiana and Missouri were a few of the states affected by below freezing temperatures over the weekend.

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