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KENTUCKY AND TENNESSEE - AUSTIN SCOTT, CCA

Managing Corn Residue

Published on Friday, September 23, 2016

Some of our most southern areas have already begun harvesting corn and the rest should be starting this month. Something to keep in mind when harvesting is how you will manage the corn residue. Most farmers either use a minimum tillage implement after harvest or a mower to shred the residue so that it can break down faster over the winter. It is very important to accelerate the breakdown of that stover so that you don’t see a carbon penalty next spring. This is especially true if you are utilizing a corn after corn rotation. Continue to monitor pod and seed feeding pests like stink bugs in your soybean fields. Thresholds will drop once the plant reaches the R6 growth stage, but should still be monitored until they reach maturity. Happy harvest! 

Author: Austin Scott

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