Today while loading some wheat I went out into one of my corn fields to look around.  I didn’t really want to, but the curiosity was getting to me.  Things were as I expected them to be, or maybe even worse.

Here is a picture some corn from the historically best spot in one of the highest yielding corn fields on my farm.   Noticed I said one of the best fields, and historically best, or highest yielding spot in that field.  This is not an average field or average ears from this field.  THIS IS THE BEST.

In a “normal” year I would expect to see 180-210+ corn yields in this area of this particular field.  In a normal year, this field would yield in the 150-160 range.

The quarter and nickel are for size/comparative purposes.

If you look very closely you can see that these plants set some big ears to start with.  Most were in the 18 round to 45 long when you count potential grains.  The best ear pictured was 18 round and 14 long but you can see by the seed size that they are not much bigger than popcorn.  Very shallow grains.

If they finish out and don’t shrink back, I really wonder how I am going to shell them.  I mean the whole ear isn’t much bigger around than the corn stalk at this point.  Setting the corn head to get these ears will be a nightmare.

Still is is better than most of the corn, which either didn’t even set an ear or didn’t pollinate.

2 Responses to My Best Corn of 2012? Most Likely.

  • Teresa says:

    I just returned to Iowa from New York, and it was just horrible seeing the condition of the corn in Indiana and Illinois. You certainly have my sympathies this year. I am feeling very grateful for the little bits of rain I’ve had here to keep my corn going.

  • Had dinner with a close friend who is a pretty sharp insurance guy and he said all indications are this drought is worse than anything the country experienced in the dust bowl days or since. He said their internal reports indicate it is massive in terms of range (east to west, north to south) and damage.

    The next concern is whether or not your crop insurance company has enough liquidity to handle the coming claims or whether or not they ‘re-insured’ once the farm policies on crop insurance were written. He thinks more than a few did not.

    I know it’s not nice to remind everyone what Chub Insurance did to a bunch of farmers back in the 1980’s, but that is the next concern and whether or not we will ever get the rains to recharge the subsoil before the next growing season?…

    All The Best,
    Frank W. James

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