Late season rains are hard on crop root systems. Standing water can cause suffocation-like conditions where oxygen deprived soil cause death to plant roots and subsequent deterioration of above ground foliage.
When soybean fields are flooded, oxygen available for respiration is limited.
While the growing point is just at or below the soil surface (prior to V5-V6 stage), corn can only survive two to four days in totally saturated soil conditions.
By Bethany Kroeze | Marketing & Communications Specialist
This spring was unusually wet and cold, and there was a lot of flooding.
This year, we did a really good job spacing out our acres so harvest would be easier to manage.