Storm Damage in Northeast Iowa
Yesterday, strong storms made their way through the Northeast, Iowa territory. The band started at Hawkeye and moved up to Ossian bringing within 50 to 60 mph winds. Nearby farm sites and fields didn’t fare well in the storm.
I give this advice to farmers wondering what to do next after large storm events take their toll on growing plants: The main thing to do right now is wait. Wait for the corn to grow out of the injury. Wait to spray until the plants have recovered to avoid herbicide damage. Most importantly, continue to keep an eye out for diseases and consider a fungicide application later on in the growing season. Baby those plants and do all you can to save yield as they continue to develop.