Hometown Farmer: Corn Crop Comparison

"Like I said, its name is 'Abby Normal,' you don't find corn like that," said Mark Held, describing a gigantic cob of corn he found in one of his fields earlier this year.

It's incredible how much difference one year can make.

The piece of 300 bushel per acre corn Mark was describing survived a flooded field this spring, but the majority of Mark Held's crops near Hinton, Iowa are a little smaller.

"This is what the producers see out in the middle of the field when you combine, this type of corn instead of the big ones," said Held.

But those fields are made up of good corn and Mark isn't complaining.

In fact, we caught up with him in July 2012, the middle of the drought.

Back then, he was still hopeful his crop would make something, anything!

"A lot of corn will make corn," said Held in July 2012. "But it won't be like a normal year."

But by harvest time his crops didn't make much. His corn made only 24 bushels per acre, 15 for his beans.

So this year, he's almost got a reason to celebrate.

"This one, the smaller one, should do 170, 175," said Held, pointing to an average piece of corn in one of his fields.

One year after one of the worst droughts Siouxland has ever seen, some timely rain is giving farmers a crop they can be thankful for.

"In my book that's reasonable corn, respectable corn," said Held.

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