Does early planting of corn necessarily result in higher yields? An examination of Nebraska research and data from USDA NASS sheds light on the question, indicating that, up to mid-May, other factors may affect final yield more than planting date.
Planting sets the stage for a successful crop with an even emergence and stand. Consider these tips to help ensure you're providing favorable planting condition via proper soil conditions, planting window, planting depth, and seeding rates.
This study examined impacts of using a cereal rye cover crop in corn systems in eastern Nebraska and found that it boosted the microbial community in the upper two inches of the soil. This may improve soil aggregation, nutrient cycling, and other soil health benefits.
Do delayed planting dates affect plant growth (leaf height, stem diameter, and internode length) and ear formation issues in corn? See what this student researcher learned from trials conducted near Clay Center in summer 2018.
This month's Nebraska CropWatch podcast looks at early season management factors to achieve a uniform corn stand, from hybrid selection to planting, and reviews what to expect with early season plant stages.
Average germination rates of new crop soybean being tested by the Nebraska Crop Improvement Association are lower than in recent years. Growers are urged to check the germination rate for their soybean seed and adjust planting rate and use of fungicide treatments accordingly.