corn droughtCheck out this video which looks at a test field for Monsanto’s new drought resistant genetically modified seed which is designed to combat drought.

It is interesting to see the difference in size with respect to the drought-resistant seeds compared with the other seeds.

I think it is important to look at soil nutrition when dealing with droughts. Ultimately, nutrients in the ground are gathered by the plants and used to insure proper plant growth.  At this point in the game, growers need to take it upon themselves to look for areas they can control and improve. Soil fertility is one area to really look at this fall as part of an overall plan.

What types of steps are you taking to protect yourself against further drought-like conditions?

I think this will be the key topic as we head into harvest time and winter.  The time to start planning is now.

 

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