05-24-2012 09:25 AM
New story (full report) from Illinois reports on issues related to corn root development in the dry weather, including incidences of "floppy corn," which have been seen in western and northwestern parts of the state as well as in southeastern Iowa. The problem occurs when the nodal root system fails to develop adequately.
“Given the better-than-average planting conditions this year, this was not a problem that we expected to see,” said University of Illinois crop sciences professor Emerson Nafziger.
Another root issue seen in Illinois corn, according to the story, is high crown syndrome, in which of the base of the stem is perched above the soil or at the surface.
Anybody seeing root development issues?
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