Corn Update

(Ignacio) So all the corn in Kansas is getting really close to maturity. One of the symptoms to see when the corn is at maturity, we check our corn ears and we tend to see at the bottom of the ears if the black layer has been formed. What is the point of having the black layer? It means that that plant is unconnected to the grains. So the grains are reaching the maximum weight. And from that point until harvest the only thing that the grains are doing is just losing moisture. One of the very interesting things that we have on this season was about the Corn Yield Forecast Project. And this is an effort that is being conducted and coordinated by Nebraska, University of Nebraska-Lincoln. And the main thing is that we have 10 different states all across the U.S. corn belt collaborating trying to detect yield potential and yield forecast. So, if you’re looking at Kansas specifically, at this point all the corn around the state is reaching maturity. Most of the dryland corn is looking really good. I think that we are near or about the average for the last 25 years. And if you look at some of the corn and the irrigation conditions I think that we, most of the time, are near 10 plus 20 bushels above the average. There are some scenarios, some areas in southeast Kansas that we will probably be a little bit below the average. We are probably cutting 115-120 bushels. In some areas that were delayed or were late planted or they were very flat and they lost nitrogen, probably are below the expected yields. But in general when you are looking at Kansas we are looking at a corn crop that is very well done at this moment. And I think that we are looking to average yields that will probably be at least 10 bushels above the average that we have for the last long term trend on the corn yield history. So, that’s one of the main points. And one of the most interesting things that we have on corn, the idea of the forecast is to continue this to try to provide to farmers different tools on how to predict yield potential and how to decide management practices, to really go together with that kind of a yield potential. And so in some areas of the state we are seeing this growing season that annuals are really challenging on the planting time. We had a very wet spring. Corn was in some way, in some areas, staying behind, lack of uniformity. When we were reaching flowering around mid-July or late July we were seeing that corn was recovering at some point. The main thing that we are seeing in some areas is nitrogen that was lost via precipitation, leaching process. So, some of the corn in some flat areas was basically a little bit behind because of that lack of nitrogen, which was one of the main points in this season. Uniformity as I mentioned before was compensated. So the plants in some way they were compensating. One of the things that we are seeing at this point, we did see some issues in some of the stress corn, the corn that was late in the season and plants that were quite behind. Some of the corn that was large. Some of the corn that is breaking the stalks. Some of that situation can occur in some specific fields because there is a lack of sufficient sugars in the plant. So when the plant is mobilizing this sugar to the grains, to fulfill that demand, the plant needs in some to way empty away all the capacity that we have in the stems. And those stems are very susceptible to any lodging issues. For all farmers make sure that you prioritize and put first things into first place. Corn that is under very susceptible situations need to be harvested first. And then some of the rest of the corn can be kept going, harvested in the next coming days. So, that’s one of the key issues that we are facing. And I think that is important, for the farmers to go out and scout our corn fields.

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