|To increase the genetic diversity of U.S. corn, the Germplasm Enhancement for Maize (GEM) project seeks to combine exotic germplasm, such as this unusually colored and shaped maize from Latin America, with domestic corn lines. U Deutsch: Maiskolben (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
"Excessive wet weather in the U.S. Midwest has slowed seedings of corn and soybeans, pushing corn plantings up to the end-of-May deadline that farmers can plant without suffering cutbacks in crop insurance coverage.
Farmers who plant corn after the end of May in Iowa and Illinois are hit with reductions in insurance benefits for each day that plantings are delayed.
Hillaker said Iowa runs the risk of flooding since soil moisture reserves have been replenished following the worst drought in over 50 years last year.
"The only time period I can find where it was so hot and dry one year followed by cold and wet the next would be the 1901 and 1902 years," he said."