Will Corn Mature Before the Frost?

During cool growing seasons, especially when planting is delayed due to wet spring conditions, growers are concerned about whether their corn is vulnerable and will reach maturity before normal frost dates. Often the range in planting dates have implications at harvest time, especially for silage because grain and dairy producers often negotiate the sale of corn in fields that are borderline for development. To learn more about this subject, please click “Read More”.

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Fruit Crops – High Spring Temps and Frost

The record breaking temperatures this March have brought all of our fruit crops into full swing about one month earlier than normal. While there were a few management techniques to slow things down for a few days, there is nothing we can do to keep those buds from breaking with the sustained temperatures. All of our fruit crops have broken bud and as they continue to develop are increasingly susceptible to frost damage. In most years, we are not out of the danger of frost until Mid-May, (recall 2010’s mother day frost!) so when making management decisions consider the high possibility of having a reduced crop load this year.

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