Spring Looks Early This Year
Wow! With the great temperatures we have been having and all the rain, it looks like Spring is coming in early, but it is too early to tell – it may be cold all of March and into April, and we have all seen that. A few tips before planting corn or soybeans later in April and May:
- Make sure fertility is up to levels.
- Make sure you check the germination on seed you will be delivered – corn and soybeans both.
- Getting the crop out of the ground in the most uniform manner will mean more money at the end of the crop year.
- Remember in corn and soybeans the more seeds that come up from the ground quickly and uniform yields the best.
Studies have been done at NC State on both corn and soybean emergence and found large bushel differences between day 1 emergence vs day 4 emergence. Starter fertilizer also helps in cooler soils but is always good for an early crop boost.