The crop has faced everything this season from freezing temps to extreme heat, from drought to high wind. DEKALB Asgrow technical agronomist Eric Nelson says a grower’s initial plan is still the best plan. “In this line of work, we need to be forgetful optimists; forget the bad parts and be optimistic about the future.” Spider mites and grasshoppers deserve more attention during dry years like this. Nelson says there are some other ‘oddball’ things happening. “We’re definitely seeing some rapid growth syndrome in corn and it is compounded by how dry the soil is and if the nodal roots are establishing well.”
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