Phenomenal Emergence: Despite drought, two Midwest corn sites saw record-setting yields
In a year of drought, some fields are still setting records.
The Farmer’s Independent Research of Seed Technologies corn sites saw two plots post more than 300 bushels per acre.
A farmer in Postville, Iowa finished witha 314 bushel per acre average, marking the highest ever seen in the sites yield trials. The second-place winner goes to a farm in Thomson, Illinois reporting 305 bushels per acre.
The manager who oversaw both fields says that the corn was planted in ideal soil and weather conditions, resulting in phenomenal emergence.
Those record yields came in as Midwestern producers deal with drought ranging anywhere from abnormal to extreme levels.
Practically the entire state of Iowa is covered in dryness, while a good portion of Illinois is facing it as well. As of now, 42 percent of corn producing states are being affected by drought.