RUSHFORD, Minn. (WXOW) – Even with the recent dose of rain in the area, farming experts have said this year's corn crop is right on schedule—and growing corn at a high rate.
“Knee-high by the 4th of July” is a very good sign when it comes to growing corn. “Crops are growing fast—very fast. It's one of the fastest growing crop seasons I've seen,” Farmer's Co-Op Elevator's Agronomy Division Manager Mark Honsey said.
A cold and wet spring prevented Farmer's Co-op from starting the planting season on time—but the rainy weather has actually helped them catch up.
“About 70% of what makes an outstanding crop is mother nature. We've had plenty of moisture, warm growing conditions, and it's like we're growing a crop in a greenhouse right now,” Honsey said.
Honsey said this year's crop has been “outstanding”, and it's easy to identify a good crop when there is “a nice green color, good root structure, good population, and good emergence”.
The good crop is good news for consumers. “An outstanding crop usually means the crop prices will drop a little bit,” Honsey said.
According to Farmer's Co-op General Manager Gordy Elliott, a good crop is good news for farmers, too. “They have more produce to sell, more grain to feed their livestock, and it gives them an economic advantage,” Elliott said.
Elliott said a drop in corn prices for consumers though may not happen for another couple of years. “Many people contract or prepare for higher food prices and they've locked in some higher prices, so by the time it takes, consumption of some of those higher prices to be used up, the utilization takes awhile to eventually impact the consumer with lower prices,” Elliott said.
Farmer's Co-op helps farmers produce millions of ears of corn per year, meaning Honsey, Elliott, and their staff are still far from finished.
Honsey said although their crop is off to a great start, the corn still needs plenty of good farming weather to finish growing. Currently, Farmer's Co-op said the crop is on schedule for harvest at the beginning of fall.
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