Planting before a cold period with rain and/or snow can greatly impede stand establishment and resulting yield potential. Corn seed once in the ground wants to germinate.
Ideal temperature for planting occurs when soil temperatures are above 50℉ and temperatures are on a rising trajectory. At this temperature, seed will imbibe roughly 30 percent of its weight in water.
Factors that inhibit ideal emergence and promote seedling disease include extended cool and wet conditions or exceptionally dry or crusted seedbeds following planting.
Crop roots are an essential lifeline to higher yields. Beyond foundational structure and support, roots provide crops vital food and water intake that allow plants to thrive.
You’re off to a good start with your AgVenture seed.
The Agriculture Department Economic Research Service recently released a report on tillage intensity and conservation cropping practices. Conservation tillage was used on a majority of wheat (67 percent), corn (65 percent), and soybeans (70 percent) acres.
Checking fields for Soybean cyst nematode (SCN) is best done in the fall prior to soils freezing, but wet weather has prevented many growers from collecting samples.
This season saw many weather challenges during soybean harvest. Wet and delayed harvest conditions contributed to lodging.
Potassium (K) deficiencies in both corn and soybean crops have shown up in drought areas this growing season. K is one of the most necessary nutrients for crop growth.