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OMAFRA: Rainfall significantly affected 2021’s corn crop

January 3, 2022  By Top Crop Manager

The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs’ (OMAFRA’s) field crop team has published their 2021 seasonal summary for corn.

Planting conditions in spring 2021 were strong; March was warmer than usual, and while April was on the cool side, the lack of rainfall meant growers were able to start planting in earnest in the final week of April. However, frequent, heavy rainfall from late June to early August left some fields – especially those in southern Ontario – showing signs of stress.

Corn harvested in early to mid-September showed high yields and good dry-down, raising expectations for an early harvest. Late September and October saw a lot of rainfall, which slowed harvest significantly and dragged it out through November and into December for regions that were hit particularly hard by the heavy summer rains. |READ MORE



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