As growers gear up for this year’s corn harvest, Hurricane Irene was the latest in a number of weather-related challenges that have affected acreage, yield and corn condition across the nation’s corn fields. 2011 has definitely been a year to test the resilience of the American farmer, the National Corn Growers Association reports.

“We had delayed planting and flooding in the upper Midwest, we lost acreage to floods along the Mississippi River and we saw our crops fade in scorching drought in Texas well before the hurricane came along,” said NCGA First Vice President Garry Niemeyer of Illinois.