Michael Speer with Golden Harvest Talks Corn with KC SheperdTue, 14 Sep 2021 18:01:29 CDT
A recent multi-crop field day in Hydro, Okla. gave farmers and specialists a chance to inform the public on what they have going on in the western Oklahoma world of cotton, corn, peanuts and soybeans. Radio Oklahoma’s own KC Sheperd braved the heat to talk corn with Michael Speer, sales representative for Golden Harvest, among the tall corn stalks.
According to Speer, it is common to see double-crop corn behind barley around the Hydro area.
“We have got some 110-day varieties … and a 113-day variety that the guys down here really like,” Speer said. “It seems to fit their rotation with what they are wanting to do.”
A challenge of growing crops in Oklahoma can be warm summer nights that don’t allow temperatures to cool off, therefore never giving crops a break from the heat. Luckily, June and July saw cool nights for corn in Hydro, which assisted the plants through their vegetative and reproductive stages.
“The corn looks really good,” Speer said. “For the most part, everything in Oklahoma has looked really good.”
Finding a drought-resistant corn variety that would do well in a dry area like western Oklahoma, Speer said.
“The good thing is we have good cooperators down here who are willing to try different varieties,” Speer said. “Then we can home in on what the best hybrid is for the area down here.”
Drought stress, heat stress, pests and ear flex are things that Speer said he would consider when choosing a corn variety to grow in western Oklahoma.
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