This summer's drought has put added stress on corn plants and compromised the overall plant health. I have looked at many fields and would say the strength of the ear shank is average at best. It is a good idea to look at the corn on your farm and plan a harvest schedule accordingly. The best thing to do is get the crop harvested timely and not risk seeing ears of corn on the ground later in the season. Some corn harvest has begun in the area and the moisture is surprisingly low for being the first week in September.