Crop residue in fields tends to hold excess water and can significantly lower soil temperature in the spring. Where excess residue is directly around newly planted seed, it may deprive developing seedlings of essential heat units necessary for rapid emergence.
Which fields are ready to plant first? Often it is the sandier soils as they are first to dry. But sandy soils also have lower water holding capacity and are more porous making them at greater risk from temperature fluctuations.
Using AgVenture’s Security™ Seed Treatments improves your crops’ ability to withstand early season environmental stresses.
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.
Factors that inhibit ideal emergence and promote seedling disease include extended cool and wet conditions or exceptionally dry or crusted seedbeds following planting.
By 2030, it is estimated that 70 percent of all farmland will have changed hands within a two-decade period. A USDA report estimates that in the next 5 years alone, 10 percent of the country’s 911 million acres of farm land will be changing ownership.
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.
If you’re considering baling stalks, remember to consider the fertilizer costs for replacing what nutrients you take out of the field.