I talked to my farmer the other day. We haven't gotten much rain this summer, and haven't gotten any on my farm in the almost the last month.

Corn doesn't do well when temperatures rise above 90. Really 94 is the demarcation line for corn. Above that temperature corn really begins to suffer and yield is adversely affected. It's been above 94 for sometime now, some days above 100. Couple that with no rain and problems are brewing.

Spot thundershowers have helped some areas but around my farm in northwest MO and southwest IA we're hurting.

When driving across the state on I-70 (which bisects MO from east to west) you see corn and beans that range from looking OK down to puny. It's a function of rain. If you were lucky enough to own land that caught some thundershower cells this summer, you're probably doing OK.

And my food plots are almost a complete bust this year, too. My warm season plots, which consist of corn, soybeans, sorghum, sudan grass, lablad, cow peas and other assorted items, are likely to be a complete loss this year. These plots are planted in areas that are not the greatest of soil (for regular crops) but are located in good places for wildlife access and hunting.

My cool season plots, which consist of various clovers, alfalfa, and legumes, are suffering too. The weeds are overcoming them but we can mow the weeds down. Clovers, alfalfa, etc. need more water than the weeds, so in drought situations the weeds have a huge advantage.

It could be an interesting year for grains. I wonder what opportunities the grain mavens see coming out of the Midwest?

Mike Ott replies:

Contrary to what Scott has seen, those of us in real corn country are expecting a barn buster. Crops look great in Iowa, and I've been all around checking things out. There is a notable difference as I go south, but everything north of us looks really good.





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