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Corn and Grain Sorghum Research Verification Program Weekly Update – June 17, 2011
Author: Arkansas Row Crops

This week I didn’t get to look at every field, so I will just be doing a general update.

This past week was a rough one for the producers of the state and for the verification program.  The field in Greene County was hit with a storm on Monday.   I went to look at it Tuesday.  The field sustained 65 mile per hour winds for 15 to 20 minutes.  This caused some corn to lean over and some to even green snap.  We estimate that 25% of the field is damaged in some way.  This is is a huge blow to a field that had really good yield potential.  Since we had this damage, we decided not to apply the pre-tassel nitrogen and just go with 210 units of nitrogen.  I got a call Friday that the field in Mississippi County received similar damage from a storm that went through on Thursday.  The other fields continue to receive irrigations.

The grain sorghum fields still continue to look good.  The field in St. Francis County received some much needed rainfall.  It is really booted up and is starting to head.  We will start to scout for midge on this field this week.  The field in Woodruff County still continues to improve.  The field should be booting next week, and we will look at a fungicide application.  For now, another irrigation is scheduled.

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