July 3, 2022
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Heat Poses Possible Threat to Reproductive Corn

Crop watchers think the extreme heat and dryness this week across much of the nation’s midsection could trim corn yield prospects as the crop enters reproduction…

 USDA Meteorologist Brad Rippey is among those that believe the well above normal daytime and nighttime temperatures will put a lot of stress on plants…

Brad Rippey on the Weather 

Crop and weather experts think the high temperature readings could be especially hard on reproductive corn – and corn that has shallow roots because of heavy rain earlier this spring….Rippey says this week’s corn condition ratings reflect the adverse weather that covered many growing areas last week…

Rippey on the Corn Ratings

 Soybeans ratings slipped a little bit, too…

Rippey on the Soybean Ratings

 On crop progress – the Ag Department says 35 percent of the corn crop was silking or pollinating as of Sunday – so roughly half of the crop is expected to pollinate this week…

 Of course, for soybeans, the critical reproductive window is generally considered to be in August when the crop is setting pods…So – while hot, dry weather at this point in the growing season isn’t a good indicator for soybean yields, it could signal a threat to crop conditions if the pattern persists……USDA says 40 percent of the nation’s soybean crop is blooming, that’s 12 points behind the five year average…

Audio with Brad Rippey courtesy of USDA’s Office of Communications

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