Clearly Visible: Corn ears show weather damage

These ears of corn exemplify “tip back” or “die back,” which happens when corn ears are pollinated and then kernels are aborted because of a lack of moisture. These ears came from Sabetha area fields, during field inspections by Sabetha Ag Partners Cooperative agronomists. Dan Dalinghaus, manager of the Sabetha location of Ag Partners Cooperative, says this year’s corn harvest likely will be below average. Future weather forecasts of high heat, little moisture and high winds could continue sapping the harvest potential for area corn.” Between one and two inches of rain fell in the area on Monday evening and night, August 6, but it might be too little to late for area corn crops. The rain could still be a game changer for soybean crops, though.
These ears of corn exemplify poor pollination, which happens when extreme heat hampers pollination.

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Amber Deters is Co-Editor of The Sabetha Herald, where she has been on staff since 2005. She specializes in school board, election and legislative reporting, as well as photography and page and advertising design. Amber is a 2005 Kansas State University graduate with a degree in journalism and mass communications, print journalism sequence. She lives in Sabetha with her husband and three children.

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