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August 18, 2013

USDA forecasts bumper crop, Cass farmers watching weather

USDA forecasts bumper crop; corn farmers watching summer heat

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Some two-thirds of the crop statewide is similarly healthy. It's rated good to excellent, a welcome sign this late in the season, according to Nielsen.

In the Deer Creek area and in other parts of the county, a severe windstorm in early July harmed some fields by snapping the corn stalks in two.

"We did have a little bit of what you call 'green snap,'" Plank said, referring to the wind snapping the corn stalks in half. "But overall it really depended on the stage of the corn."

The corn that had sprouted tassels and developed root systems fared better, he said, than crops planted later.

Some corn that was bent over during the windstorm has popped back up in surprising ways, another farmer commented.

Kory Wilson, who farms with his brothers on some 2,700 acres near Young America, said some of his family's crop is "still up in the air" after the windstorm.

Some of the corn didn't fully pollinate after the wind bent it sideways, he said, but "other than that it did bounce back better than I thought it would."

"Actually I think the corn looks better than what we anticipated," he added. Compared to the last four to five years, corn was planted later than normal, he said, but he thought drought years skewed that average.

"We've been pushing the dates earlier," explained Wilson.

While in past years the family has planted the corn around the first of April, this year it was planted about a month or five weeks later than that.

"I feel like we're back to almost a normal planting this year," said Wilson.

Just one thing's left to concern Wilson.

"We've not had the heat," he said. "The corn's there, but it might be wetter — there might be more drying cost."

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