Heat troubles corn farmers

By Tyler Profilet - bio | email

STODDARD COUNTY, MO (KFVS) - Agronomist David Guethle with the University of Missouri extension office in Stoddard County says the weather over the past couple of weeks is as bad as it has ever been for corn farmers.

"Well, this field behind us, it's probably the worst they have ever seen. The rainfall has been really sporadic and the central part of the county hasn't gotten any rain," he said.

He says when it's time to harvest this field, he expect the yield to be way down compared to years past.

"They probably average, in a good year with good moisture conditions, 180-200 bushels. But with the weather, and if pollination doesn't occur, he's looking at maybe 50-60 bushels."

That would be more than a sixty percent cut in the yield, which Guethle said is not out of the question for local corn farmers.

Farmers can prevent against a lack of rain by irrigating their fields, but installing an irrigation system doesn't come cheap, especially in a rough economy.

He says the effects of a bad crop in today's economy could end up putting some farmers out of business.

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