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2008-10-14MARYVILLE, MO |  By: Wayman

Corn Harvest Update

Extension offices in Northern Missouri are starting to get calls this week wondering why corn is drying so slowly this year.

Moisture levels in corn must plummet before it can be harvested or mold and other problems can occur.

Regional agronomist Wayne Flannery says the lack of hot weather- all year- keeps drying conditions low.

He says cooler temperatures earlier this spring slowed the growth of corn.

He reports husks are even holding water. And he points out corn ears with a higher number of husk leaves will also slow down drying.