The National Weather Service maps for May indicated sufficient to surplus soil moisture levels across most of the country’s corn and soybean growing regions.
Here is an easy test to help determine if soil is ready for planting.
Recent rains have challenged southern growers planting plans. AgVenture reminds growers to be steadfast and wait for ideal planting conditions.
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.
In this issue of Product / Technology Update, we look at the science behind some of the key factors corn seedlings face at emergence.
Ideal composition of soil is 50 percent soil solids, 25 percent water and 25 percent air. Compaction results from the loss of pore space between soil particles. Soil structure is altered when forces such as harvest equipment traffic compresses soil.
Foundational to your cropping plan and to next year’s outstanding yields is your fertility program. AgVenture encourages growers to take soil samples every three years. Grid samples are preferred.
By K.W. Campbell