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Dry weather continues to sap yield potential from the Mid-South corn crop.
There was a lot more May-planted corn this spring, which could bring more problems as the season progresses.
Irrigation is running at full speed in dry areas, but even the irrigated crop is needing a rain.
The Arkansas corn crop is also shaping up to be an average crop, although this isn’t bad considering what it’s been through, says Kevin Lawson, Arkansas corn and grain sorghum research verification program coordinator.
“There seems to be a line around Dumas and McGehee. South of there, we have an excellent crop, although they are watering heavily. There was some hail damage in the Chicot County area Monday (June 13), but it was spotty.”
Corn in the northeast part of the state “is stunted and uneven. They had rains early, then they had sandstorms on Saturday (June 11).
“Corn producers are doing the best job they can, although many of them are worn out already, and we’re not even halfway through with the crop. Many of them are frustrated right now.”