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Darrin Goebel
Darrin Goebel

The debate is on: should corn be harvested when wet and then dried down, or should growers let the corn stand in the field and dry down? With much of Indiana corn still in the 20% moisture range, growers are opting to let the crop stay in the field longer rather than pay high fuel prices for dry down. But Darren Goebel, DuPont Pioneer agronomist, says this is a year to not opt for field drying, due primarily to stalk rot and ear mold issues, “If you go out in your corn fields right now and give the stalks a gentle push, that corn will go over.” He told HAT this year’s wet weather was conducive to anthracnose and other stalk rot diseases, “It does not matter what brand hybrid you have, you are going to have stalk issues.” He said ear molds are also a serious issue this year.