Even with the rain, the weather was warm enough to record 178 growing degree days versus a historical norm of 152 for the week. There is no sign yet of tassels or ears, but we'll continue to monitor that closely.
The stalks added another 21 inches of height in the eighth week, reaching 82 inches. Growing degree days totaled 174 which was slightly higher than the historical norm of 163 for the week. More rain over the week gave the soil little chance to dry out, which affected the growth of some of the stalks. Since there aren't any tassels or ears in the field yet, it's still too early to tell if yield will be affected in the wet portions of the field.