The Decatur Herald and Review has reported that the Farm Progress Show was forced to cancel their cornfield demonstrations this year because the corn plots are not ready to harvest next week. This was the result of both a wet spring and cool summer.
According to the article it was the first time this has happened in the 60 year history of the show. They use a short-season variety of corn that usually assures that it will be ready to harvest by the show’s start in late August. However the late planting date of May 15 this year and the relatively cool growing season has delayed maturity.
Here are the monthly precipitation and temperatures for this year in Decatur and their departures from average. The numbers tell the story of an extra five inches of rain in April and May and seasonal temperatures almost three degrees below average.
- April: 6.74″ (+3.07″)
- May: 6.78″ (+1.99″)
- June: 5.22″ (+0.72″)
- July: 3.56″ (-0.42″)
- August: 0.09″ (-3.68″) **as of August 22
- April: 50.8 (-3.6°)
- May: 63.9 (-0.3°)
- June: 71.5 (-1.8°)
- July: 72.8 (-3.7°)
- August: 70.8 (-4.3°)
On a side note, I have been attending the Farm Progress show off and on since the 1990s. I look forward to going again this year.