Twitter and Facebook reports are indicating 2016 corn planting has started in western Illinois in Pike County.
While many of us are still waiting on temperatures to warm up, here are a few important tips to remember for early corn plantings :
- Wait until soil temperature reaches 50° F. Keep your eye on the 7-day forecast and fight the urge to jump the gun!
- If that forecast includes moisture, be wary. Planting within 24 hours of a cold rain will likely lead to imbibitional chilling, a condition that will harm germination when the seed absorbs cool water.
- For optimum yields, remember to plant your corn at the correct depth for proper root development and consider a dry seed treatment (Myco Seed Treat®) containing beneficial fungi and bacteria.
- If you’re tilling under corn stalks, cover crops, or alfalfa, use Residuce™ to turn yield-robbing residue into a yield-enhancing asset with accelerated nutrient cycling.
- If some of your fields are marginal in calcium, or the calcium isn’t very soluble, consider a quick broadcast trip with Practi-Cal and SP-1™.
Last but not least, consider putting biology in your planter – Myco Seed Treat®, SP-1™, or Bio Aid WS. These products at planting can help get your crops off to the right start by cycling essential nutrients around the seed as it germinates, sprouts, and develops a root system.
We’d love to help you get all of your crops off to the right start. Give us a call today!