For several weeks now, you may have noticed that some corn ears are drooping around the county. Bob Nielsen, extension corn specialist with Purdue’s Agronomy Department, recently shared his thoughts about droopy ears and what that means for the upcoming harvest.

In healthy corn, the ears remain erect until some time after the black layer forms on the kernel. At that point, the plant is physiologically mature.

Jeff Burbrink is an educator with Purdue Extension Elkhart County. He can be reached at 574-533-0554 or

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