"Ugly Corn" Gets Them Talking

June 6, 2014 09:00 AM

AgWeb asked and you answered. Here's what's happening this week on Crop Comments

The real conversation starter was submitted by an east-central Iowa farmer on Monday, June 2:

ugly stage corn

—East Central Iowa

6/2 - East Central Iowa: Corn going through its ugly stage as I call it. So I'm finding N, some not.

This "ugly stage" corn comment prompted others to chime in, sharing their opinions and their own corn crop issues.

Here’s what others are saying:

6/4 - Dallas County, Iowa: News flash for the East Central IA guy that sent in a photo of his "ugly stage" corn. That aint normal and it aint going to grow through it. It may not be as noticeable later but yield potential has been lost because you put on your NH3 when it was TOO WET. There is an old saying that " a pound of nitrogen is a pound of nitrogen, no matter which form it is applied in ". That old saying is true as long as the application is done correctly. The corn in that photo is not getting full benefit from the N and it most likely has been injured. I suggest you look at how your soil conditions are instead of seeing if your neighbors are going to know if conditions are OK.

6/5 - Southern Knox County, Ill.: The severe weather didn't materialize for us, but we did get 1.7 inches of slow rain which we desperately needed. Our no-till looks good. Regarding that "ugly" mottled, yellow-looking corn field. I'm seeing quite a bit of this. in some locales, maybe 30% of the fields have these symptoms to varying degrees. I've been trying to figure out what was causing it, because I've never seen it so widespread. It's everywhere you go.

6/6 - Central Ill.: Corn all up and beautiful. No difference between rotational and continuous corn. The secret is 80 units of nitrogen applied 2 inches over and 2 inches down. Eliminates the ugly stage and corn is HAPPY all season unless we have a drought of course. It is more work but what are we working for???

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