DEWITT — The statistical arm of the U.S. Department of Agriculture may be reporting a bin- busting yield of corn this year, but Clinton County farmers are pulling into some fields where stalks are laying on the ground, or very brittle with the ears not well attached.
DeWitt area farmer Joe Dierickx put it this way: “The corn plant cannibalized itself during the hot, dry August weather, during which Clinton County did not get some beneficial rains which other areas received, in order to make an ear by taking the nutrients out of the stalk. That means farmers are advised to check their corn stalks to see if they are hollow, and harvest the corn as soon as they are able.”
In the Elk River area of the county, Dustin Johnson said, “We are under way with harvest. Yields and moisture content (in the grain) are variable. Quality of the grain is questionable in some fields.”