Missouri corn farmer: rough spring, hopes to rebound
An Audrain county, Missouri farmer says it was a challenging spring for Missouri’s corn crop.
Jay Schutte said extended wet and cool conditions caused him to replant much of his corn.
“We had to replant probably, I just turned it in the other day, I think it was around 40 percent of our crop,” he said. “What we have left is not looking the best but it’s getting too late this time of year to be replanting.”
But he said while it’s too early to project yields, he is optimistic about this growing season.
“We’ve got it in, it looks good,” he said. “I think we’ve got adequate nitrogen out there, but the old saying is, is that the July rains that make the corn crop.”
Schutte said his farm is constantly expanding on conservation practices like cover crops and no-till farming to decrease erosion leading to cleaner water and higher yields which he calls “a win-win.”
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