The year 2010 was by all accounts a good year for corn. Quality was good, and elevators were expanding storage because of bin-busting yields.
As for 2011's harvest? Well, it just depends on where you're located.
In Iowa and parts north, Mother Nature showed her fickleness--first with tantalizing rain, then searing heat.
Kevin Rempp raises corn near Montezuma, Iowa, and is the chairman elect of the Iowa Corn Promotion Board. He said farmers in Iowa had some fairly timely moisture fairly early in the season, with planting on time in much of the region.
"We had adequate rainfall early, and then about the 6th or 7th of July it just stopped," Rempp said. From planting to roughly that first week of July Rempp said his part of Iowa was probably at about 5 to 6 inches of rainfall. From that point to September, though, there was probably only about an inch and a half of rain--and a lot of heat.