The freezing temperatures recorded last week have put an end to the corn-growing season in most of North Dakota.
“Though we typically think that corn can tolerate some subfreezing temperatures, we can see by looking at this year’s crop that corn can be killed when temperatures are at or even approaching 32 degrees,” says Joel Ransom, North Dakota State University Extension Service agronomist for cereal crops. “Leaves that were damaged by this frost are no longer green and are crisp and dried.
Stalks that were killed also are devoid of any green color.”
Ransom calculates that the losses to corn growers caused by this frost could exceed $180 million.
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