“Below optimum if not downright injurious": Temps have Corn Belt producers worried

Temperatures have been cooler than normal along the Corn Belt this spring.
It has producers worried about crops emerging.

A Purdue University Agronomist shares his concerns.

According to Bob Nielson, “Throughout at least the eastern Corn Belt where the temperatures for the past couple of weeks have certainly been below optimum if not downright injurious to the crop, we may determine there are a number of fields that have stand problems. There could be poor germination or corn leafing out underground or plants that are stunted because of the unusually cool air and soil temperatures we’ve had over the past week or so. It remains to see what that impact will be.”

Fortunately, the near future forecast has warmer temperatures in store and Nielson thinks anything planted this week forward will germinate and emerge much quicker than what has been in the ground the past two weeks.

That cold snap was also felt in Louisiana and it took a toll on corn that had just been planted.

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