Submitted by Jeff Shaner, Product & Technology Manager (Eastern Cornbelt, Southern Delta, East Coast)/Soybean Product Lead
Wear a dark shirt on a sunny day and you’re asking for a sauna to work in. Light colors deflect heat. Fields like the one in my picture are very common, with soil textures that vary from light to dark not that far apart. We strive for uniform emergence as a key component of MPS, yet these soil “colors” affect how much warming sun gets absorbed or deflected during cooler spring days.
Ryan Deford of AgVenture McKillip Seeds and I noticed this morning how development of corn seed in the light colored soils was so much farther behind those in the dark regions...reason being the dark soils caught heat and pushed seedling progress along.
…a thousand variables affect your crop…