The early spring in many parts of the country has corn growers considering whether now is the time to plant. Early planting can provide potential benefits, such as more time for crop development and the potential to help reduce the effects of mid-summer droughts. But early planting isn’t risk free.
For those considering early planting, Pioneer agronomists recommend the following tips: Look at the extended forecast. Agronomic experts recommend looking at the weather forecast 10-days post-planting as this period can have the most impact on seed growth. Remember, cold rain can cause injury to the seed and a spring frost can decrease corn plant populations or force replant.
Farmers should also evaluate hybrids for their stress emergence scores. These scores help growers choose products for early planting or fields with a history of cold stress challenges. As for no-till or reduced-till operations, it may be best to delay planting. Residue over the seed furrow can reduce soil temperatures by 10 degrees or more, leading to delayed emergence and possible stand loss.
NAFB News Service