Experts: Late freeze to cut some corn yields

May 31, 2014

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Experst say corn farmers in parts of southeast Nebraska can expect to take a hit on yields this year, thanks to a late spring freeze.

DuPont Pioneer seed account manager Ron German tells the Lincoln Journal Star that the May frost hit mainly from the Bennet area southeast to areas around Tecumseh.

German says about 10 percent of plants in affected fields won't recover, and those that survive likely will yield 20 to 25 percent less corn.

Experts are not recommending replanting in most cases, because the late start on replanted corn also would mean reduced yields. German says only about 5 percent of fields were hit hard enough for replanting to pay off.

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