Michigan corn rebounding from early drought


Michigan corn rebounding from early drought

The head of the Michigan Corn Growers Association says a drought early on has led to a strong, deep-rooted corn crop in the state.

Jim Zook tells Brownfield some regions hit with both frost and drought this season have struggled but corn overall is faring better than the last two years.

“We are seeing areas in the Southwest that maybe were hurt early on by the frosts as the populations are a little weaker than expected,” he says.  “Monroe County is phenomenal looking and everywhere else in the state is looking really, really good this year.”

Zook says growing degree days are running ahead of last year and soil moisture has been able to catch up for the most part.

“We’re looking really favorable, maybe another shot of rain here in the next couple of weeks should finish this crop off but it’s really looking good, good pollination” he explains.

Brownfield interviewed Zook during the recent AgroExpo in St. Johns.