Sheriffs: Tall corn creates hazard on rural roads

By MICHAEL J. CRUMB | September 9, 2011 | 3:05 AM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Sheriffs and state officials in the Midwest are warning drivers to be careful in rural areas where high corn can block their view at unmarked intersections.

They say there's more danger because corn prices are high and some farmers have planted right up to the road.

A Nebraska man was killed last week when a truck struck the four-wheeler he was driving near his home. York County Sheriff Dale Radcliff says he believes tall corn contributed to the crash that killed 61-year-old Steven Siebert of Henderson, Neb.

Iowa corn farmer Bruce Rowher says most farmers fix the problem if they learn they've planted too close to the road. But he also recommends drivers treat each intersection as if it has a stop sign when corn is high.