As far back as last fall, there have been those forecasting a hot dry summer for 2016. Higher corn and soybean prices this spring have been due in part to concerns about the weather, not only for early crop development but for pollination. With timely rains moving across the Corn Belt in June, the focus now turns to the critical pollination periods in July and August.
Hoosier Ag Today meteorologist Ryan Martin says the long range forecast models indicate no problems for pollination, “July will be a bit warmer, but for the month I only see us running about 2 degrees above average.” In addition, Martin does not see an extended dry spell during the corn pollination period. With some of corn planted in late April and some planted in late May, the pollination window may be wider than average. “Within the next two weeks, we will be able to get a better picture on just what the period looks like,” said Martin. At this point, however, Martin does not see any problems ahead, “I think we are a go for pollination.”