Farmers face another frustrating season
Fri, 11 Jun 2010 22:58:03 GMT —
Heartland farmers can't escape the poor crop conditions caused by yet another wet planting season. We stopped by the UMC Greenley Research Farm near Novelty to check the damage. Researchers say the corn has been planted and replanted, and the biggest issue is fertilizer loss.
We see a lot of yellow corn across the fields, we know if it's yellow already, we're going to have yield loss. If we've got corn as big as what we're standing in right now, we need to be planning for a high clearance rig or something to get over it to provide it some additional nitrogen, said Kelly Nelson, Research Agronomist. Nelson told Fact Finder another big problem has been cutworms eating replanted corn. He says between the rain and crop disease, this year has been the most challenging out of the past three.