The latest USDA Crop Progress report showed 75% of corn mature as of the week ended Sept. 27, 2020. This surpassed both the 39% reported mature in the same week last year and the 5 year average of 65%.
Wet weather combined with shorter tusks and lightweight ears makes the crop more vulnerable to moisture accumulation inside the husk and cause sprouting on the ears, says University of Tennessee Extension.
Capturing sunlight and keeping living roots in the ground as long as possible is the goal of Beaver Dam, Ws., no-tiller Marty Weiss. The co-chair of the Dodge County Farmers for Healthy Soil & Healthy Water talks about strip-cropping and interseeding cover crops at a field day in the summer of 2020.
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