Heavy rains in almost all parts of Serbia in the last few days have not saved the corn crop from drought, but they will stop further damage, said today the expert in field farming Miroslav Malešević.
He said for Beta that the amount of total damage is still difficult to estimate, but that it is different in the fields and depends on the phase of the drought that affected that field crop.
“For corn that could not be pollinated due to high temperatures, only the plant mass without grains will remain and producers will be able to use it only as a green mass,” said Professor Malešević.
He pointed out that such areas under corn, without fruit, are about ten percent of about a million hectares sown in Serbia with that crop.
He added that much larger areas are under corn, which is only partially fertilized and whose yield will be reduced, and in the fields where it was fertilized, “there is hope” that the grain will be filled with moisture.
If it hadn’t rained now, the corn crop would, according to him, be catastrophic.
Malešević said that about 70-80 percent of irrigated corn on about 3,000 hectares in Novi Sad was irrigated and that there should be no damage to those fields or it might be minimal.
As he said, the rest of the area of 20-30 percent under seed corn will surely be damaged due to tropical temperatures and lack of moisture.
He said that the price of corn will probably continue to grow, encouraged by the reduced offer from this year’s crop.
Goran Bekavac from the Institute of Field and Vegetable Crops in Novi Sad said that “this rain is worth its weight in gold” and that the corn that remained green because it survived the drought will bear fruit, but that at this moment it is difficult to estimate the final walk.