No standing corn this fall?
This dry spring has not been great for morel mushrooms, but it may pay dividends for deer hunters this fall.
At least it could help those hunters who believe deer actually spend time in standing corn. You can count me among that group, incidentally.
More to the point, Illinois farmers had 34 percent of the corn crop planted through last weekend, which is well above the past two years when 1 percent of the corn was in at this point. And it’s on a par with 2004 and 2005.
By next week I’d expect that total to skyrocket, since we’ve have continued dry weather and many farmers are going all day and night to get planted. I’ve already heard of several farmers who are starting on beans already.
If Mother Nature cooperates this fall, the early planting could lead to an early harvest. That means less standing corn. And more deer, perhaps?
Here’s the latest crop summary: Illinois_crop_report_4-19-10.pdf