Pro Farmer warns that US corn harvest hit hard after storm

Advisory service Pro Farmer says that chances of a record US corn crop have been dashed after severe derecho storm.
calendar icon 24 August 2020
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A key reason the corn forecast is lower is due to crop scouts' findings in Iowa, the top US corn producer. Iowa crop conditions this year have struggled with drought conditions and the 10 August derecho storm that sent hurricane-like winds and hail across the centre of the state.

Some veteran crop scouts were shocked by the severity of damage. A fermented, or sour, smell was beginning to waft from some fields where corn stalks were broken and corn kernels littering the ground began to spoil, scouts said.

"It's not going to be fun for these guys come harvest time," said Brian Grete, director of the tour’s eastern half.

Without the drought and storm, the state's corn crop would have been massive, Pro Farmer officials said late Thursday.

Dry conditions throughout the state are pushing the crop to maturity and storm winds flattened crops across a wide swath in central Iowa, Pro Farmer said Friday 21 August.

"Some of that corn will be harvested, but further yield loss is likely between now and then," Pro Farmer said in its forecast.

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A key reason the corn forecast is lower is due to crop scouts' findings in Iowa, the top US corn producer. Iowa crop conditions this year have struggled with drought conditions and the 10 August derecho storm that sent hurricane-like winds and hail across the centre of the state.

Some veteran crop scouts were shocked by the severity of damage. A fermented, or sour, smell was beginning to waft from some fields where corn stalks were broken and corn kernels littering the ground began to spoil, scouts said.

"It's not going to be fun for these guys come harvest time," said Brian Grete, director of the tour’s eastern half.

Without the drought and storm, the state's corn crop would have been massive, Pro Farmer officials said late Thursday.

Dry conditions throughout the state are pushing the crop to maturity and storm winds flattened crops across a wide swath in central Iowa, Pro Farmer said Friday 21 August.

"Some of that corn will be harvested, but further yield loss is likely between now and then," Pro Farmer said in its forecast.

Read more about this story here.

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