Monday, July 30, 2012

Northern Corn Belt - Looks Good But It's Not

A casual eye on this corn field would likely determine the crop to be in excellent condition. But curling leaves give away the real condition. These plants are thirsty. This particular field may be professionally scored as 'good' in the state's monthly crop assessment. But not even a hundred miles south of this northern Iowa location the corn crop is in big trouble. Stands in many fields are short, yellow and drying in unrelenting heat. Read more about the condition of the Iowa corn crop here.


  1. It's sad, and it makes me wonder...Would an occasional big drink make any difference to such a field? Could a semi-truck ("water" truck) make a difference? I know the drought is widespread, but there are places that have fresh water to spare, maybe? "Historic" proportions of drought...sad.

    Forgive me if I sound like an idiot, suggesting such a thing. Just curious...