Growers across the country are seeing effects from this year’s turbulent weather. Some are concerned about what the excess rainfall will mean for their plant health, especially when it comes down to harvest and, ultimately, yield.
Other growers are less worried, because their plants are maintaining health and holding color even amidst less than ideal weather conditions.
Larry Garlisch, a popcorn grower in Mason County, Illinois knows the importance of uniformity and color in his crops. This year, in addition to his traditional starter fertilizer he used Levesol™, made from the purest ortho-ortho EDDHA chelate that exists.
But we won’t steal Larry’s thunder, we’ll let him and his agronomist David Haas do the talking:
“We’ve had an excessive amount of rainfall this year. When we planted it was relatively dry, and most of April was really dry. But since then we’ve had continuous rain, and June here has just been terrible, we’ve had over 16 inches of rain in a period of about three weeks. I’m impressed with the plant holding its color, it seems to be holding up under the stress.” – Larry Garlisch, Illinois Grower
“The proof is in the pudding, you could say. Just looking at this field here, you can definitely see a difference across the county. Granted we’ve had wet weather, but this is definitely some of the better-looking popcorn across the field. I’d say it’s making a difference, at least plant health-wise.” – David Haas, Illinois Agronomist
Despite the wet weather they have been experiencing in Illinois, both Larry and his agronomist comment that his crops are faring better than expected, and are even tasseling before other fields in the area.
This is great news for growers, because it means there is technology available that can take some of the stress out of trying to preserve crops during weather conditions that aren’t so ideal.
It’s nice to know, even though growers can’t control the weather, they can control the technologies and products they use to get the best yields in many situations.