After experiencing unseasonably cool temperatures in May and June, many farmers across the Upper Midwest were hoping for warmer days ahead. Now the heat is in full force! Itâ€™s been so hot that it may cause pollination problems.
“The timing of this heat wave couldn’t be worse,” said meteorologist Harvey Freese in The Des Moines Register. “The old saying about hot weather being good for corn isn’t true during pollination.”
The ideal temperature for corn reproduction is 86 degrees, according to a recent article. Unfortunately, tassels and kernels will get temperatures averaging 95 degrees or more this week. Stay tuned to TheFieldPosition to see how weather is affecting this yearâ€™s crop.
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