Oldest Corn at Black Layer

Our oldest corn fields in the Pee Dee have made it to black layer (physiological maturity).  Nothing left to do now but harvest once we get near 15.5% moisture.

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Black layer at the tip of the kernel.

This has been the most favorable corn season in several years.  A lot of our growers are going to hit a much needed home run.

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A kernel sliced in half to show the black layer at the tip.

For the growers with corn still developing, keep scouting for disease.  We still haven’t seen Southern rust show up in the area, but Northern corn leaf blight has picked up a little in a few spots.  About the only other minor issue we are seeing is some tall, lanky corn stalks being blown over by the recent thunderstorms.  This isn’t a widespread problem, but it’s a good reminder that we need to be timely with our harvesting.

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Corn stalks that were blown over by the strong winds of a thunderstorm.

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