How are Corn Crops Doing in the Wiregrass

By: Deanna Bettineschi Email
By: Deanna Bettineschi Email

Rain, rain go away, is definitely not what farmers are saying.

Sammie Williams has been farming for more than thirty five years.
And living in the south, he knows how sporadic the weather can be this time of year.

“We've had some rain on part of the farm two days ago we had a really nice rain, on the south end of the farm, half a mile up the road we received a tenth half the mile up the road and that rain we received two and a half inches. That much difference in one half mile.” Farmer Sammie Williams said.

Wiregrass extension agents say because the weather has been hit or miss, they're seeing good and bad crops.

“Corn is in its reproductive stage so it really needs the rain and I’ve seen a mixed bag, some corn looks really good, I don’t think we will have a total loss but we do have some that don’t look so good.” Director of the Wiregrass Research and Extension Center Larry Wells said.

There are many corn crops in the area that are doing just fine. A lot of them have green leaves which means they are hydrated and are taking in a lot of rain. But there are some others that have this sort of tan color and that means they are not receiving enough water.

“Mostly in the middle of the day you will see the crop will fold its leaves up and when it’s really stressed it will try and shrivel up and try to hold any water it has in it.”Wells said.

But Williams says he knows better and has prepared his farm for this.

You cannot grow corn successfully without irrigation.”Williams said.

Williams says it can be expensive, but it's worth it.

“The difference between corn irrigated and non-irrigated is probably around 200 bushels to ten bushels.” Williams said.

Williams says he is just fine using his irrigation system, but would still love to see some rain.
Both Williams and Wells say so far this year is already looking better than last year.

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