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Pre-Harvest Stress

The potential for grain quality problems mounts across the state.

Ear rot, diplodia, frost, immature corn. And we’re closing in on the second week of October. This is beginning to sound like one long whine, except that it’s getting serious now.

Temperatures are expected to dip below freezing across parts of Illinois over the weekend. Our forecast in western Illinois is calling for 31 degrees on Saturday night; Rockford is expected to hit 27. We haven’t even been able to bag silage yet.

Grain quality concerns are mounting, as terms like diplodia and ear rot get tossed about. Thanks to Pioneer's Ben Shelby for sharing this chart from Ohio State University on ear deformities; it sounds as though he's walked fields with significant examples of each of these problems.

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