There is some good news in July’s blistering heat onslaught, at least for allergy sufferers: Pollen doesn’t survive the high temperatures.
But that’s bad news for area farmers who grow corn, especially those who got their crop in late do to a wet planting season.
“We’ve got some late-planted corn that’s twisting up that definitely could use one more good rain,” said Jerry Little, agriculture extension agent for Boyle County. “Pollen dies when we get in the 90s. That makes it tough to get the corn pollinated to get kernels on the ears.”
Temperatures are expected to remain in the mid to upper 90s into the weekend, with the best chance for rain — 60 percent — coming on Friday.