Exceptional corn yields likely in Michigan’s southwest

A southwest Michigan farmer says he’s expecting a bumper crop this year.

Klint Blaauw tells Brownfield rains have been ample throughout much of the growing season.

“I can’t remember a year like this where that we’ve had these timely rains,” he says.  “For a while there we were getting an inch to two inches every week—that’s pretty rare in July and August.”

Blaauw says pest and disease pressure has been limited as well.

“Tar spot is not an issue this year which is a relief,” he says.  “We haven’t seen much for Western Bean Cutworm or anything in the corn yet, overall stuff looks pretty healthy.”

The fourth-generation farmer grows corn and soybeans in Hopkins Township.

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