X Factor: The corn crop. Nothing so drastically alters deer habitat and hunting strategies across the Great Plains as combines munching through cornrows. Yes, scorching temperatures (which have hovered around 100 in Kansas for the past two weeks and have been above average across most of the region) makes setting stands and checking trail cams a draining chore, but those hot, dry conditions also push this year's record corn crop closer to harvest. About seven percent of fields in Kansas have already been cut, while abundant rain has the crop in Nebraska and the Dakotas still lush and green. Be sure to monitor the harvest timing at your hunting spots, and make plans to hunt as soon as possible after the combines roll through.