The drought changes the physiology of the plant. Pioneer Field Agronomist Clyde Tiffany says that is pushing corn and soybean crops to maturity. “You’re seeing the beans turning and corn fully dented,” said Tiffany. “Once you hit dent stage, it is usually three-to-four weeks before it hits black layer which physiological maturity. If we continue on this pace, we’re going to see earlier harvests for both crops.” Tiffany, who is based at Spicer, Minnesota, says farmers will need to stay on top on crop maturity and the timing of harvest. “A lot of time when you get natural field drydown, the grain quality is also higher. The downside is you start getting harvest losses.” Tiffany was part of this week’s Pioneer Revolution Plot Tour at Mooreton, North Dakota.
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