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NW ILLINOIS - CRAIG KILBY, CCA

Scouting the Pollination Progress of Your Corn

Published on Wednesday, July 13, 2016

It’s time to check the success of corn pollination in your fields. Corn across northwest Illinois has experienced ideal weather since the middle of May. We’ve seen good planting conditions, timely rainfall, and above-average temperatures in June that have moved the crop forward. As a result, our pollination window is much earlier than last year. Even though corn has had very few issues to this point, undetected stresses can often occur that influence pollination success. Therefore, I strongly encourage scouting the pollination progress of corn across planting dates, soil types, and hybrids. Any problems discovered now will be much easier to diagnose than at harvest.

Another ideal stress-identifying tool 
is Crop Health Imaging, available through Becks’s. Aerial NDVI images are taken on fields you select on your farm. The images provide a high-resolution picture of vegetative growth. Any crop stress is clearly visible on the image, which allows for on-site inspection to identify causes. You can order your crop health images today online by going to FARMserver.com.

 

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Author: Craig Kilby

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