Elmore says one of his concerns is the fact the region is full of seed production fields. Subsequently, detasseling crews will be earning their money more than usual. He says the bottom line is that if the winds were a week later and more of the crop had tasseled, then less of the crop could pull out of the problem.
In northwestern Illinois, which also recorded high winds and crop damage, pictures are quite graphic of the downed corn, as is a photo taken near Dickeyville, WI. In Monday’s Crop Progress Report from Wisconsin, corn was reported to average 54 inches, with 78 percent in good to excellent condition, and with soil moisture 61 percent adequate, but 29 percent short, and some corn beginning to show moisture stress. The data from Northwestern Illinois where high winds were also recorded was that 12 percent of the corn had tasseled, and soil moisture was parallel that of farms just across the Wisconsin border.
Just like with heavy rain events earlier in the growing season, crop insurance will provide some aid, but only if the farm is enrolled. IA, IL, and WI farmers with downed corn should alert their crop insurance agent before any action is taken or decided.
Unusually high winds, some in excess of 100 miles per hour, swept across Central Iowa and into the northwestern part of Illinois and southwestern Wisconsin. Agronomists said the ability of the corn to return to a more vertical position depends on whether or not it had tasseled. After that point, the plant’s energy goes to seed development, but prior to tasseling, the plant will make an effort to stand up.
Source: The FarmGate blog