Corn crop yields mixed results
Wed, 02 Jul 2014 20:55:40 GMT —
You may have noticed some corn stalks are taller than others. NBC 24 talks with area farmers and experts to find out why and what it means to their bottom line.
There's a saying for corn, "Knee high by the 4th of July."
The corn crop at Wheeler Farms in Whitehouse doesn't just live up to that saying, it exceeds it.
Jake Schoen, farm manager at Wheeler Farms, credits abundant rain for their crops strong appearance. "The rain so far hasn't hurt us at all," Jake said. "It has helped us quite a bit."
Not all farmers can say they have tall, strong stalks of corn.
"When it was too wet, they couldn't get in right away. I know there's a lot of places and even some of our farmers said they couldn't get in right away and plant," explains Jessica Swihart, organization director in training for the Ohio Farm Bureau.
Swihart says the time it took waiting for the ground to dry pushed back planting. Geography and the amount of rain are factors in whether a crop is strong, "I say most of it is looking pretty good. It kind of depends on when they got it in the fields and how, what area got hit with rain and what area didn't and what areas are low lying."
Swihart adds rain and humidity this summer will be perfect for under performing crop to catch up in size.