AUDIO: Heat causes stress to area crops

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Jul 22, 2013 at 10:21 am

FOLEY, Minn. (KNSI) Last week's run of consecutive days in the 90's has created some visible signs of crop stress in central Minnesota.

University of Minnesota extension educator Dan Martens in Benton County says there's corn on non-irrigated land that "wilted up pretty badly" last week. But he says overall, the warm weather "did more good than harm."  

He says we'll need some" timely rains at some point" to keep the crop moving along. He says corn, soybeans and alfalfa are in "full mode for using water right now."

He says there will be some yield losses, no matter how beneficial the weather will be from this point forward. He says that's especially the case for corn that didn't get planted until early July. 

Dan Martens says the heat stressed out some of the corn crop in the area

Martens says overall, the heat did more good than harm

Martens says the late spring planting will mean some yield losses

Martens says central Minnesota crops could use some rain

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