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Farmers Who Took Risk Of Planting Early May Get Bit

Posted On May 09, 2014

By Mike Perleberg

corn-seedling-emerging-field.jpg(West Lafayette, Ind.) – Farmers who recently planted their corn crops may need to watch for cold injury to those plants.

Purdue Extension corn specialists say corn planting has been off to a slow start this season due to cold temperatures and soggy soils. Much of what has been planted went into cold soil.

“Where soil moisture was acceptable for planting, some growers accepted the risks associated with cold soils and corn germination or initial seedling development and planted corn,” said specialist Bob Nielsen. “Should they be concerned about the health of their newly planted and, in a few cases, newly emerged crops? We’ll know for certain come harvest time, but in the meantime, we can talk about possibilities.”

Nielsen said some farmers may need to think of replanting their crops. Those planted fields should be scouted over during the next few weeks for emergence problems, he added.

As of Monday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimated that about 20 percent of Indiana’s corn crop had been planted, behind the five-year average of 34 percent by this time. With so few crops in the ground and even fewer having emerged from the soil, Nielsen said the risk of aboveground injury is not likely.

“Come October, we will know for certain whether this year’s early planting risk-takers will have won the game or not,” said Nielsen.

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