Corn planting season will be here before you know it and even a modest number of extra bushels can make a big difference to a farmer’s bottom line. In light of this fact, farmers take great care to make sure they are doing everything in their power to push their yields as high as possible.
Even the most seasoned farmers, however, can overlook a thing or two. Therefore, we’ve compiled a list of the seven most important considerations when it comes to corn planting. So take a look to ensure that you are prepared as possible.
- Don’t rush it. If the soil is ready, and mother nature is smiling upon your fields, planting early can pay off. However, don’t rush. Wet soil is always a good reason to put off planting. The last thing you want to do is replant. The yield potential of earlier maturing hybrids have improved greatly, supporting a delayed planting if conditions are not good.
- Finish on time. Barring any significant weather patterns, you should try to finish corn planting by the middle of May. This will allow you to take full advantage of longer days and more sunlight.
- Avoid soil compaction. Significant soil compaction can take years to recover from. As much as possible, reduce traffic on fields and limit the number of trips you take across those fields.
- Consider plant depth. When planting corn, it is always better to plant too deep than too shallow. It also is important to plant into moist soil. Your seedbed is critical because plants that emerge even a day or two later than others may never catch up.
- Mind your speed. There is no need to rush when planting and doing so could lead to replanting, negating the time saved by hurrying in the first place. Your planter needs consistent down force across all field conditions.
- Space it out. Keep a close eye on the seed spacing of each row planted. Plants that are too close together are less likely to achieve their full potential.
- Choose the right hybrids. When choosing hybrid seed corn, make sure you select hybrids with cold tolerance, exceptional seedling emergence, vigor, as well as genetics suited for the field environment. To hit your target seeding rate you should employ the use of uniformly graded seed.
It is never too early to think about how to make the upcoming planting season your best. By employing all of these tips, you can do just that!