Stories behind crops quiz photos
Your December Indiana Prairie Farmer featured 10 pictures in the annual Indiana Prairie Farmer/Beck’s Hybrids Crops Knowledge contest. If you don’t have your issue handy, visit www.IndianaPrairie
Farmer.com on the Web, click “More Indiana Prairie Farmer,” then “Magazines Online.” You’ll find the story on Page 7 in the December issue.
Now it’s time to reveal the winners of free seed and the details behind each picture.
• Winners announced for Crops Knowledge contest.
• Up-and-down year produced near-record corn yields.
• Plenty of unusual symptoms were observed in 2009.
No one could have forecast near-record corn yields when the bulk of the crop was planted during the last 10 days of May. Rules of thumb went out the window. So did weather records. It was the coolest July ever, no doubt contributing to better-than-expected yields.
But it also contributed to the highest moisture contents in years. And it turned out to be the toughest fall harvest since 1972. A strong dose of ear molds wrapped up the season.
Before bidding adieu to 2009, see what you can learn.
This article published in the March, 2010 edition of INDIANA PRAIRIE FARMER.