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Looking to Turn up the Heat on the 2013 Corn Crop

by Mike Austin

Reports are coming in from throughout rural areas of Northeastern Wisconsin of the damage done by the straight line winds that hit several agricultural pockets. Damage from the late night storm has been reported to barns, pole buildings, sheds and silos along with some extensive crop damage on what was a fairly narrow band through parts of Waupaca, Outagamie, Brown, Kewaunee and Manitowoc Counties. Assessments are underway on how this will effect the 2013 crop.

Now even before this storm hit there had been some concerns over the corn crop and its need for some more heat and precipitation. The latest crop update showed only 60% of the states crop was rated good to excellent, with just 6% of the corn crop reaching the dough stage. Nationally 67% of the corn crop is rated good to excellent but only 18% of the crop is in the dough stage, well below the 5 year average.

Now besides here in Wisconsin, there is also concern over the progress of the crop in parts of Iowa, Minnesota and much of the Mississippi Valley. And since much of the corn crop was planted so late this year, concerns are being voiced over what may happen if we get an early frost. Of course its too early to hit the panic button, but we are looking at temperatures remaining below normal for the rest of the month and we have seen a killing frost in early September before, so traders say they will be keeping an eye on the weather in forecasting the price for new crop corn. Presently local corn for October is pricing in that low $4 a bushel range.

So the request of many a grower is that for the rest of August , is for Mom Nature to turn up the heat and also provide some more timely rains.