It’s getting to be the end of May and you do not have your corn planted yet. What do you do? Well, the first thing not todo is panic! We still have plenty of time to plant corn and have some outstanding yields. The first question to ask yourself is why did you choose the hybrid that you did? In most cases it was because it yields well for your farm and your fields. That hasn’t changed!
Here are a few ideas to consider before you jump the gun:
Ok, so when do you make the changes?
First and foremost, there is no cut and dried dates! They will vary for each of you, but here are some suggestions from your GRO-MOR Seed Specialist:
Again, these are not hard fast rules, they are suggestions. There are never any guarantees in this business. Talk to your Crop Insurance company to see how their dates will affect your decisions. If you have livestock, this too should weigh into the above factors. Talk to Jim Swartz or Katie Hartman to see how this could change your marketing options. In other words, look at the big picture and not just the calendar.
Here are some other related reading materials to help in your decision-making process.
Myers, Brent and Bill Wiebold. 2013. Planting Date 2013. Univ of Missouri Extension [On-line] http://ipm.missouri.edu/IPCM/2013/4/Planting-Date-2013. [URL accessed May 2018].
Nafziger, Emerson. 2008. Thinking About Corn Planting Date and Population. The Bulletin (No. 2, Article 7, April 4), Univ. of Illinois Extension. [On-line]. http://http://bulletin.ipm.illinois.edu/article.php?id=890. [URL accessed May 2018].
Nielsen, RL (Bob). 2017. Corn & Soybean Planting Progress in Indiana Over the Years. Corny News Network, Purdue Extension. [On-line]. http://www.kingcorn.org/news/timeless/PlantingPace.html [URL accessed May 2018].
Thomison, Peter, Steve Culman, & Mark Loux. 2015. Adjusting Corn Management Practices for a Late Start. C.O.R.N. Newsletter, Ohio State Extension. [On-line] http://agcrops.osu.edu/newsletter/corn-newsletter/2015-11/adjusting-corn-management-practices-late-start [URL accessed May 2018].
If you have questions, please feel free to talk to your Luckey Farmers Agronomist or give your Luckey Farmers Seed Specialist a call.
Ed Thurn Doug Uher Terry Hoover
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