Excellent yields are expected in many Kentucky corn fields this year.

But along with that good news comes concerns over stalk strength. Plants in many fields have heavy ears along with shallow roots because of abundant rainfall.

To complicate the situation, some fields are becoming infested with southern rust, which will further weaken stalks.

Many of these plants could topple easily as they mature, especially if a late-season storm with high winds blows across the area.

Because of these factors, growers should walk their fields, check for stalk strength and determine which fields should be harvested first.

Check current corn futures prices

For an earlier report on this developing situation, see Heavy ears, shallow roots could complicate corn harvest.

And for much more on how to make these determinations, visit http://graincrops.blogspot.com/.

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