corn crop

Although the corn crop looks good and is tall, many area farmers worry about the corn filling out and producing a good yield. Most agriculture people believe the corn will be an average yield, while the beans may be above average yield in Shelby County.

Frank Mulholland
Shelbyville Daily Union

As one farmer put it, this area was one day away from disaster, as far as the local crops are concerned. The rains last week will help the bean crop, but was too late to do much good for the corn.

“With the corn, there is still some fill going on, however some of the corn was moisture stressed enough it had started to, some call it cannibalize itself, where it starts to die up from the bottom prematurely and usually when that happens the rain won’t help fill or improve test weights,” said Jim Looft, Unit Manager for the Shelby County Extension Office.

Looft went on to say that he believes most of the rains this growing season have been pretty scattered, which means corn yields will vary from good to some that are not so good. Looft said he does feel the county will be on trend line.

“Upper 140s will probably be the county average,” continued Looft.

By that, Looft means local farmers are hoping for a harvest yield of 140 bushels of corn per acre.

Looft said the Japanese Beetles in the corn came early so the field corn should be all right. The sweet corn is another story.

“Some of the sweet corn got hit pretty hard by the Japanese Beetles,” Looft said.

Bob Jordan farms up by Assumption and he said the same thing about the corn up in that area.

“Most corn didn’t fill real good to the end,” said Jordan. “I believe that was because of two factors, the weather and bug pressure eating the silks.”

Jordan went on to say that in his area, the farmers with the black ground will have a good crop, while the farmers with other soil needed the rain before it came.

Floyd Storm farms in the Stewardson/Strasburg area and he feels the rain last week could help give the beans more size and weight also.

“That rain last week will help the beans a lot and improve the size and give them more weight,” Storm said. “If that rain did nothing else it certainly improved the morale.”

Looft agrees that the recent rains will help the beans.

“The beans needed something because they are in the pod setting,” Looft said.

Looft went on to explain that when the beans are in pod setting and they are under enough stress, they could abort the pod setting.

“Then if you don’t get the number of pods on the beans, it doesn’t matter how big the beans are,” explained Looft.

Looft said the soybeans have looked very good in Shelby County thus far.

“We have good bush right now on the beans and hopefully we can load that with a lot of pods and have a above average bean year, especially if we get another rain,” Looft said.

Looft summed up the future harvest by saying he believes the corn will be an average yield, while the beans could be above average.

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