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Saturday rains skip some fields

Mon, 16 Jul 2012 11:13:58 CDT
By: Jim Browne

While many areas of McLean County got some welcome rain Saturday afternoon, the precipitation didn't fall everywhere. Don Jacobs is a farm manager with Bloomington Farm Management Service which has an office in Lexington. He says little to no rain fell north and north-west of Lexington at a time it would have helped pollination:

   

"Most of the pollination is pretty much over with, if it indeed happened at all. Some of the kernels that did get pollinated, were seeing some of these kenels be aborted now. Any more rain will just help keep some kernels or fill that existing kernels out."

Jacobs says by contrast, the Cooksville area got nearly 3 inches, and he says that'll help those corn plants keep their kernels and stabilize the crops. He says most of the corn in McLean County was planted between the 12th and 20th of April. Jacobs says only a handful of farmers jumped the gun on planting because of the unseasonably warm early spring. He says earlier planted corn does look better than plants that went in later.

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