What could happen if triple-digit heat hits the Midwest when corn is in its reproductive stage?
Extreme heat is affecting several portions of the ag sector, including the southern corn crop.
USDA Meteorologist Brad Rippey tells us what could happen if that triple-digit heat hits the Midwest when corn is in its reproductive stage.
“As we move to the South, this heat is rather untimely for reproductive summer crops. Lots of corn in the South is silking, a very temperature and moisture-sensitive stage of development, and with triple-digit heat continuing in much of the deep South, that is a concern for some of the smaller producers in the South that produce corn, and the fact that this heat is hitting at a very bad time. If we were to see this type of weather repeating in the Midwest a few weeks from now when the corn is silking across the Midwest, it will be a huge concern for the national corn production situation.”