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Posted by Russel Higgins -

As of 4 p.m. the recorded temperature at the NIARC reached 95.7 degrees. Outside of my home office in Morris we hit triple digits at 4:30 p.m. recording 100 degrees. As a result of the warm temperatures we continue a rapid pace of growing degree day accumulation and will soon begin tasseling in our earlier planted corn fields. One thing that will be very apparent is that we will have shorter corn plants this year. Will this correlate to a diminished yield? Dr. Emerson Nafziger shared his thoughts this week in the Bulletin. Emerson's article "Short Corn, Short Yields?" can be accessed here

Couples counselors suggest you not bring your work home with you. That fact was pointed out when my wife visited our freezer to find something for supper and found it full of soil samples. The samples are from a nitrogen study at the NIARC and need to be kept cold or frozen until analyzed to prevent the loss of N. It was kindly suggested that I plan a trip to campus soon to deliver soil samples and in the future consider using the freezer for food. I'll be going to campus Monday.

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