Purdue University Department of Agronomy

Corny News Network

Published 21 July 2009
URL: http://www.kingcorn.org/news/articles.09/GoodNewsBadNews-0721.html

Cool Temperatures: Good News or Bad News for Corn?

R.L. (Bob) Nielsen
Agronomy Dept., Purdue Univ.
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2054
Email address: rnielsen at purdue.edu

The recent spate of unusually cool temperatures has been welcomed by county fairgoers, but some of the guys sitting around the back table at the Chat 'n Chew Cafe are wondering whether it is good news or bad news for a corn crop that has already experienced its fair share of stress this year. In all honesty, we can only speculate on the answer because it is so unusual for such temperatures to occur in mid-July that there is very little precedence to go by.

Potentially Good News

Silk progress 0719
Silking progress as of 7/19/09. Click
image to view larger version.

Potentially Bad News

Related References

Nielsen, RL (Bob). 2000. Scrambled Silks, Anyone? Corny News Network, Purdue Univ. Online at http://www.kingcorn.org/news/articles.00/SilkBalling-0718.html [URL accessed 7/21/09].