Fascinating year for corn agronomist

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Peter hill, an agronomist with Pioneer Hi-Bred, says “it’s been a fascinating year for an agronomist to watch hybrid corn under stress.”

It’s been less fascinating for growers, he said during a field day stop at a Texas Alliance for Water Conservation demonstration project near Muncy, Texas. The 2011 corn crop has grown under extreme drought and heat conditions, with more than 35 days reaching 100 degrees or more.

Hill says pollination has been affected, “regardless of water availability,” and that growers can expect to see a lot of lost kernels and less grain fill from the 2011 crop.

"Test weight may or may not be affected,” he says.

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