Zero Yields in Store for Some Fields

12:02PM Jul 16, 2012

Farm Journal Field Agronomist Ken Ferrie says even in his productive area of Illinois, farmers will see no yields due to extreme conditions.


It’s been a tough year for corn production, says Ken Ferrie, Farm Journal Field Agronomist. In his area of central Illinois, the only fields that look good are the ones that have been blessed with brief, pop-up showers this summer.


During the last few weeks, Ferrie says, he’s been out with customers trying to assess what’s going on. He says this year is different from last year and definitely different from 1988.
"There are fields out here that did not pollinate. Hybrid, planting date, rainfall and farming practices and are all playing in that."

Ferrie says the harsh reality is the fields that have not pollinated have little hope.

"If you haven’t been out in your field, stop selling corn and get out in your fields. There are literally zeros out there (for yield). Even out here in McLean County, Ill., where drought shouldn’t even be in our vocabulary."

Beyond the severe drought areas, Ferrie says some fields are still checking out to be in the 150’s for yield. That is, if the weather cooperates. "To hold kernels, we’re going to need two inches of rain every week, because there is no soil moisture reserve."


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