As everyone in agriculture nervously watches the weather to determine how this year's already challenged corn drop will unfold, Darrin Frye, chief executive officer of Agri-Business Solutions, Peoria, Ill., flew over five states on Aug. 31, to get another perspective.

His take-away is that the crop in the top producing states shows signs of poor crop health. “We saw lots of fields that had lost their nitrogen due to wet, cool weather early," he says. The overall wetness and the moisture that occurred, stagnated in the ground which causes nitrogen release into the air and that’s called de-nitrification. The yellow plants reflect the nitrogen deficiency that follows. 

Frye also reports some disease indicators. “It’s hybrid specific, it’s geographically specific, some areas under more stress have shown and exhibited more disease signs. But, the crop is just not in as good of health and as good of shape as I’d like to see it," he told Brownfield Network.

He was expecting better plant health. Frye flew over crops in Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, Nebraska and Minnesota.

He expects USDA’s August average yield estimate of 155 bushels an acre to drop-- perhaps even lower than 2007's average of 151 bushels an acre. USDA’s new estimates come out this Friday.

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Source: Brownfield Network