Some Midwest corn farmers are starting harvests weeks early this year.
They’re worried that stormy weather could now cause damage to corn plants already suffering from a dry, hot summer.
A Purdue University agricultural economist said the hot summer has pushed corn growth about a week ahead of the average time, so harvest will be a little earlier this year for much of the country.
Harvest times will vary between states and regions. The economist said if corn plants become too stressed in drought areas they begin to die and need to be harvested.