Triple digits scorch corn crops
Tue, 10 Jul 2012 21:06:20 GMT —
The 100 degree temperatures we saw earlier this week damaged some corn crops in the Pee Dee.
Edwin Dargan farms 425 acres of corn in the Mechanicsville community in Darlington County, and says the 175 acres of corn he planted late in the season really took a hit.
We followed Dargan Tuesday as he checked his corn crop, and you could literally hear how dry the ears are.
"We were looking at maybe 100 to a 150 bushels on dry land corn," Dargan said. "And it probably cut that yield probably 30 to 50 bushels of an acre."
Recent showers have helped though, with corn planted earlier in the season.
"The corn that we planted early, it had a chance to mature. We had a good rain, so it'll be the early corn will turn out right pretty well," he said.
One reason he's optimistic is the situation with corn in the midwest.
"I hate to wish bad luck on people out in the midwest but when they have a bad crop, it really helps us quite a bit," Dargan said. "In the last two weeks corn's gone up probably a dollar and a half a bushel. So, it's $7.50 now which helps us considerably."
Dargan plans to harvest his corn crop, the good and the bad, by the end of August.