Corn growing taller than normal

By Gary Brode |, Maggie Hockenberry

Published 07/29 2014 03:33PM

Updated 08/05 2014 12:13PM

Update: 10:15 pm, 8/4/14, Monday
ILLINOIS -- High rainfall this summer will have a positive effect on corn crops. The growing season had a cold, wet start this year with a very wet June and the coolest July the state has seen since 2009. The conditions have helped corn grow faster. Some experts predict a record-breaking yield. Harvest is expected to start sometime in September.
Original: 3:33 pm, 7/29/14, Tuesday
BROADLANDS -- Corn stalks are on the rise this summer. Rain and cooler temperatures have helped the corn grow. WCIA-3's Maggie Hockenberry finds out if tall corn is a good thing for farmers.

They say the crop looks good this year. Height will only become an issue if the weather changes.

Corn has reached a height of 10' 7" this year. Farmers say weather has a lot to do with that.

"During the time that the corn determines height, we had a lot of hot weather and moisture and it took advantage of that. And, it grew taller than normal."

Farmer Marty Wilson says he planted at the end of April. Since then, he's used his truck to gauge the growing stalks.

"I took a picture every Monday for four consecutive Mondays, I believe, so basically, it had been three weeks between picture one and picture four."

While the rain was good for the height of the corn, the concern could be within the roots because, if a strong wind came along, it could knock out an entire field. Some farmers are turning to technology for help in the fields. Wilson uses his neighbor's drone to check his crops.

"Well, we can't really, can't really see as far over the corn and stuff. With the GoPro, you can fly it really high."

Wilson says overall, it's been a good summer and he's hopeful for harvest.

"I think the potential is there if it stays somewhat cool and we don't turn hot and dry. I think we have potential for a real good corn crop."

Wilson says he expects to harvest in September. He grows white corn which gets taken to Frito-Lay.

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