Early Planting Considerations

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Planting corn early has many advantages, but when do risks outweigh rewards?

Corn is a warm season crop and while it may be surprising, ideal germination and emergence occur when soil temperatures are 85-90° F. But planting begins long before soil temperatures hit that range. Thus, the crop faces significant stresses at germination and emergence.

Seed science has advanced to allow seedlings to combat cold and damp conditions, but care is still required. One of the foundational tenets of AgVenture’s Maximum Profit System™ is planting into an ideal seedbed. In this issue, we look at some of the specific challenges and some guidelines for planting the 2019 crop.