Up until Tuesday, everywhere in Illinois you looked you could find either brown (dead), bluish-green and limp, or yellow corn. One grower commented that his corn was a John Deere color and it wasn't green. As of Wednesday we were seeing green again -- at least as far as the color of the corn. South of Bloomington most of the conventional till corn is greening up pretty good, but some of the no-till will have to be replanted because of the frost. North of Bloomington more corn was replanted -- some needed it, but there was a lot that would have come out of it if given the chance. It is early and replanting may yield more, but you also need to consider the expense of replanting. Don't overlook the cost of seed, fuel, added herbicides and insecticides, labor and equipment costs.

Yes, we needed a rain. Some of the fields were extremely dry and others had moisture at the 2- to 3-inch level. We did not need the hail or the 3-inch down pour that occurred in some places. Here on our farm we got about 0.4 inches. That's good for a few days; we would take another 0.5 tonight or tomorrow and feel pretty good. That worries me, though, because farmers are supposed to worry about the weather. I'm sure there will be plenty of time for that later.

Was the yield hurt by the cold weather? Yes, but at this point it is hard to guess how much. If you look at just the replant tables, you would estimate that those fields were hurt 2 to 6 percent, and those that were affected but not replanted maybe 2 to 10 percent. At this point it is hard to visualize a record crop. It can still be a good one, though. There is stress of some kind every year -- we got one early this year.

Source: Dave Harms, CPCC-I, CCA, CropTalk