By Emily Unglesbee
DTN Staff Reporter
ROCKVILLE, Md. (DTN) — The ugly trifecta of 2019 — late planting, high-moisture corn and plentiful rain and snow — has left many farmers facing unharvested cornfields into December and possibly beyond.
Of all the agronomic sins this year has forced onto the landscape, cornfields left standing deep into the winter is perhaps the one farmers dread the most.
“Nobody in my part of Ontario, and, I presume, the rest of the province, wants to leave corn out for the winter, especially this year,” said Dan Petker, who farms in southern Ontario, Canada. “Surrounded by the Great Lakes means lots of moisture-laden air, lots of snowfall and lots of wind.”
Even farther south, the idea strikes fear in the heart of north-central Missouri farmer Kyle Samp, who was forced to harvest some fields in January last year due to overly wet conditions. “Even that long makes me so nervous,” he said.