Frost Damage to Crops

September 22, 2011

A September 15 frost hit some northern Iowa fields, causing damage to corn and soybean fields alike, especially fields that were already experiencing some type of stress. Yield reductions caused by the frost will depend on the maturity of the crop but across the board damage does not seem significant, according to ISU Extension Corn Agronomist Roger Elmore. He reminds producers that frost damaged crops will have changes in drydown rate and test weights

Hear Elmore's comments on the mid-September frost by listening to this week's Crop Minute. Read more about determining frost damage and proper handling and storage of frost damaged crops in the publication Frost Damage to Corn and Soybeans.

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