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.
When you look down the uniform, picket-fence rows of your newly emerged crop, you know without a doubt that you made the right seed choice, your planter was perfectly calibrated and Mother Nature
By Jerry Hartsock | Cutting Edge Consulting and Research Services
This spring was unusually wet and cold, and there was a lot of flooding.