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Summer Heat Caused Yield Loss and Stalk Issues

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Summer Heat Caused Yield Loss and Stalk Issues

Ryan Piel

While the Indiana harvest is progressing, it is slow going for many Central Indiana farmers as stalk quality is causing harvest problems. It is a problem that has been reported around the state; poor stalk quality is causing a lot of corn to go down. Ryan Piel, field agronomist with Pioneer, says, “Most guys are managing to get under it and get it all picked up.  But, there is a lot a lot of heartache out there when you have to harvest it. It makes everything take longer.”

Piel says corn yields are good but not as good as last year on average. He blames the July heat, “Those hot nights that never let the plants cool down, I think, really took the top end off yields this year.”

Another issue that is slowing harvest is lots of green stem and green leaf matter in soybeans, “The beans are unlikely to be dry. They are going to be tough to cut. It is just going to add a lot of complexity to it.” Piel reports corn harvest is complete in some areas with growers now concentrating on soybeans.