Reducing Replant - "Plant It Right The First Time"
As temperatures continue to warm and soil continues to dry, corn growers get eager to plant. In 2012, the industry as a whole is extremely tight on seed supply; this means we must pay even closer attention to details before planting begins. Below is a list of 10 items that corn growers need to consider each year that could reduce replanting corn significantly. Our goal at AgriGold is to help growers "plant it right the first time".
1) Watch the calendar
- With warm, dry conditions early, remember the opportunity for frost as the latitude moves north. It is true that small corn can regrow if the growing point is still below the ground. However, two or three days of 25 degrees or below makes the growing point extremely vulnerable.
- Remember that the AgriGold replant program does not become effective until federal crop insurance replant dates kick in.
2) Field selection
- Choose fields with the best drainage and the lightest soil types to plant first or in heavy muck situations make sure the soil is dry several inches deep.
3) Seed bed preparation