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Expert: Some Area Crops Looking Much Better Than Others

Posted: Tuesday, July 13th, 2010 at 6:29 am
Author: KNIA/KRLS News-Eric Gotschall

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The condition of crops in the Marion County area runs a spectrum from very good to poor, depending on the area and elevation of the farm land. That’s according to Dave Borkowski, Agronomy Sales and Service Manager with Two Rivers Cooperative in Monroe. He says some of the area’s corn is in excellent condition and producing good ears; while other corn plants – particularly in lower areas – are short, pale in color and will likely have little to no yields.

Borkowski says the same is true for soybeans, adding that while some bean plants are growing well and are dark green in color, there are other plots that have been unable to grow much, if at all, in saturated areas.

Borkowski says higher moisture levels in the soil when the plants began developing have caused shallow root systems in the crops, which means timely rains will still be needed occasionally for the remainder of the growing season. He adds that it will be equally important for the area’s crops to receive more hot, sunny weather; otherwise farmers could be looking at another delayed harvest and wet grain this fall.