Dry and hot conditions not good for Kansas corn

July 13, 2017 - 5:20 am

WICHITA, Kan. (KNSS) - The recent hot temperatures and lack of rain are starting to cause some concern for Kansas corn farmers. KSN News spoke with Sedgwick County Extension Agent Zach Simon who said this week’s heat and dry conditions are especially bad because corn needs the most water during this particular stage in development.

"Right now this corn plant is using a third of an inch of water every day," said Simon. "To keep up with this we would need an inch of rain every three days."

Simon said it’s still too early to tell what this year’s corn yields will be, but he said if the temperatures don’t drop and the rain doesn’t come soon the potential yields will continue to decrease.

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