Odds of yield loss increase the longer corn sits in fields
* The greatest increase in stalk rot incidence came between harvest dates in October and November. In contrast, stalk lodging increased the most after early to mid-November.
Some growers have experienced rain delays that have slowed their harvest, while others had planting delays earlier in the season, Thomison said.
"A crop with weak plant integrity is more vulnerable to yield losses from stalk lodging and ear drop when weathering conditions occur," he said. "The widespread root lodging that occurred as a result of wind storms in July is also contributing to plant integrity issues problem.
"We encourage growers to harvest now to lessen the impact of these weathering problems. A lot of people are letting corn dry in fields as long as it can, but we encourage people to harvest promptly because we typically don't see significant decreases in grain moisture after early to mid-November."
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