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    Drought-Stricken Corn Crop -
    Amelia, Ohio

    08/24/2007


    Photographer's description: Drought-stricken corn fields along SR 125 between Amelia and Bethel

    Photographer Julia Sells
    Date taken August 24, 2007
    Location Near Amelia, Ohio (Clermont County)     map
    Event Drought impact - crop stress

    Additional notes
    Corn senescence (death of the plant) occurs naturally near the end of grain fill as plant metabolism slowly deteriorates. Leaf senescence in corn fields throughout southern Ohio has occurred rapidly during the last week or two, partly in response to the cumulative stress of drought conditions.

    The pattern of leaf senescence in many fields has been unusual in that the upper leaves have died as rapidly as the lower leaves, leaving green leaves only in the center part of the plants near the maturing ears. In the Midwest, this pattern of upper leaf senescence can occur from heat and drought stress.

    Southern Ohio continues to be plagued with much-below average rainfall for most of 2007.  Currently, the U.S. Drought Monitor has classified much of Ohio as D1, or moderate drought.  Portions of far southern Ohio, including portions of Clermont County, have been classified as D2, or severe drought.  D2 conditions extend southward into parts of northern Kentucky.
     


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