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Question: I farm in northeast Arkansas. This is my first year for corn. We have been getting hammered with rain all week. I have been running two 12" relifts all week in order to keep the water off of the corn. The ground has been muddy for 7 days but my corn is up on beds, so it has been doing ok. The corn is in the 4-5 leaf stage. We got 5 inches of rain today, and now it is under water. Some of it is completely covered while the rest is only half under water. Now my question: How long will corn survive under water? I have to decide tomorrow morning whether to try to pump it off again or let it go. We have heavy rain forecast for tonight and tomorrow. The river and ditches are overflowing, but I have a road (levee) around the field so I can still pump some of it off. Will the corn be ok if I can get it out of the water by tomorrow night? The ground will still be muddy for several days, possibly weeks. Am I fighting a losing battle, or do I keep fighting? I have no experience with corn so any advice will be appreciated.
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