Corn crop swamped; could have been worse
Posted: Tuesday, May 4, 2010 9:30 pm
By: Donna Ryder, Associate Editor
By DONNA RYDER
Obion County could lose several thousand acres of corn, but farmers know it could have been worse.
“We were lucky we didn’t get any more rain than what we did,” said Tim Smith, Obion County’s University of Tennessee Extension office director. “The farmers know they’re lucky.”
He said they also know they’ve got backwater coming on them and understand that it has to go somewhere.
Most of Obion County received three to four inches of rain over the weekend, considerably less than the southern portion of the county and surrounding counties where much heavier flooding has been reported.
Most of the acreage in the county which was going to be planted in corn had been planted before the rains began to fall Friday.
“We don’t know how many thousands of acres we will lose,” Smith said, adding if water is over a corn field for 24 hours or more, the corn will be lost and will have to be replanted.
He said if the water recedes and the land dries out enough for the farmers to get in and replant, the yield for the county won’t be hurt too much. The later into May the corn is replanted, the lower the yield. If it gets too late in May, some farmers may decide to plant soybeans instead. But, that all depends on the chemicals which have been used. “There may be some restrictions,” Smith added.
Associate Editor Donna Ryder can be contacted by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Published in The Messenger 5.4.10