Maximum yields start with optimal stands. Optimal stands come from precise attention before, during, and following planting.
The efficacy of fungicides in controlling corn diseases is a topic that has been widely debated.
Tar spot is a fungal leaf disease that infects corn leaves and causes lodging and yield losses. It has made an abrupt entrance to Midwest and Florida cornfields in the past couple of years.
Especially when the forecast turns cold and wet, a starter fertilizer may help get the seedlings off to a good start.
According to the International Fertilizer Association (IFA), total annual fertilizer sales including nitrogen, phosphorous, potassium, secondary nutrients, and micronutrient total $180 billion.
While residue prevents erosion and provides organic matter, it also holds moisture and prevents optimal drying and warming of the seedbed.
Ideal stand establishment starts with placing the right seed into a well-prepared seedbed. The soil temperature in the seed zone is of critical importance to maximizing stand establishment. Soil temperatures at four inches deep do not always increase steadily with time.
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.