By Matt Reese
Depending on the region of the state, when the corn was planted and the growing conditions since planting, the crop may still be pollinating or has just finished. As of Sunday August 7th, only 83% of Ohio’s corn was silked (tasseled), compared to 98% last year and 96% for the five-year average, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service.
Of course, this week’s cooler temperatures and recent rains have been extremely helpful to the latest corn fields that were running well behind normal this year. The late planting actually helped some fields dodge extreme dry conditions and the extended heat wave that plagued pollination in many parts of the state and around the country.
Corn was tightly curled up through the second half of July, when it would normally be pollinating on the Defiance County farm of Roger Zeedyk, who provides regular reports for the Between the Rows feature.