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Does this heat and dryness matter?
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Tom N
Posted 3/2/2024 13:32 (#10648356 - in reply to #10648058)
Subject: RE: Does this heat and dryness matter?

Missouri river bottom south of Sioux City, IA
Hi Clay
My bad, I was looking in the 2023 column where Monona county had the lowest yield of 165.4 bpa last year.

Looks like Lucas county has the lowest 10 year average corn yield at 158.8 bpa. Must be hard to grow a good crop in that county.

In most years on this river bottom, we plant in wet ground conditions. The last three years it’s like we are planting on some other planet. The top 2 inches is sugar dry with enough moist soil below that to get the seed germinated. Get a foot or two lower and it is hard to find any moisture. That is where a center pivot comes in to play. But having to supply 50 to 75 percent of the crops yearly water needs is not cheap. I much would rather have Mother Nature do that job.

Tom N.
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