Start Date

30-11-2000 12:00 AM

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The phrase "the good, the bad, and the ugly" may seem rather hackneyed, but I think in many respects it describes the 2000 growing season quite well. There certainly were some good things that happened, along with some bad and a few ugly things as well. On the good side were unusually warm and dry conditions early in the season that resulted in record planting paces for both com and soybean, excellent conditions at pollination, and overall excellent potential for high yields (at least early in the season). As for the bad, the most obvious factor was the dry conditions, both early and late in the season. Add in some fertility imbalances, insect problems, and diseases and the forecasted record yields slowly began to erode away. Finally, widespread stalk lodging was probably one of the more significant factors that I would list in the ugly category. Let's take a closer look at what happened during the 2000 growing season and attempt to explain why things turned out the way they did.

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https://doi.org/10.31274/icm-180809-672

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Nov 30th, 12:00 AM

The 2000 Growing Season: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

The phrase "the good, the bad, and the ugly" may seem rather hackneyed, but I think in many respects it describes the 2000 growing season quite well. There certainly were some good things that happened, along with some bad and a few ugly things as well. On the good side were unusually warm and dry conditions early in the season that resulted in record planting paces for both com and soybean, excellent conditions at pollination, and overall excellent potential for high yields (at least early in the season). As for the bad, the most obvious factor was the dry conditions, both early and late in the season. Add in some fertility imbalances, insect problems, and diseases and the forecasted record yields slowly began to erode away. Finally, widespread stalk lodging was probably one of the more significant factors that I would list in the ugly category. Let's take a closer look at what happened during the 2000 growing season and attempt to explain why things turned out the way they did.

 

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