Drought causing harvest concerns

An agronomist who covers Missouri and southern Iowa has concerns about how drought conditions could complicate harvest.

Brandon Nystrom with AgriGold says plants are less efficient when temperatures are high and moisture is limited.

“And when they’re not as efficient, that can create some stress on things like stalk integrity as well as shank development.”

The ear shank is comprised of nodes and internodes just like the main stalk, and typically develops during pollination.  Nystrom says that was a time of severe drought stress this year.

“So I’ve been checking shanks, I’ve been checking stalks, those are two big things.  We’ve seen some ear rots come in that are associated with aflatoxins, which we know is detrimental to feed quality.”

Speaking to Brownfield at the recent Farm Progress Show, Nystrom says the hot, dry weather should lead to an early harvest.



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