When a corn kernel is planted into warm, moist soil, water is absorbed through the seed coat and the kernel begins to swell. The critical soil moisture required for corn to germinate is 30%, and a corn seed will absorb 1.5 to 2 times its weight in water during the germination process.
Categories: Agronomy, Agronomy Talk
Tags: corn, GDUS, corn development, corn growth stages, GDDs, corn growth
Some areas of our marketing footprint have started planting and are slowly progressing while others have not yet started field operations. Here is some information to review as many of you may have questions regarding delayed planting and switching hybrids.
Tags: corn hybrids, corn planting, late planted corn, GDUS, Delayed planting
With all the rain we have had in our area and more in the forecast, I know there have been some concerns about switching to earlier maturity hybrids. I have put together a quick summary of everything you need to know if your considering making the switch.
Categories: Agronomy, N Iowa, Minnesota
Tags: Agronomy, Iowa Agronomy, GDUS, Minnesota Agronomy, Eric Wilson, Late-Maturity Hybrids, late planting
Given the cool, wet conditions we have been experiencing, I wanted to take the opportunity to send a timely update. Now is a great time to evaluate fields we have already planted. Chances are, some of your fields are up while others are taking a bit longer.
Categories: Agronomy Talk
Tags: Beck's Blog, AgTalk, Agronomy, Agronomy Update, agronomist, Beck's Agronomist, Iowa Agronomy, corn emergence, GDUS, Greg Shepherd
Over the past week, much of Ohio has received excess rainfall that has slowed fieldwork and planting almost to a halt. As of May 1, 2016, the USDA reported that 27 percent of Ohio’s corn was planted, but only 1 percent had emerged. With the cool, wet weather we have had, emergence is taking longer than usual. It’s tempting to look at the calendar and start to get concerned if your corn isn’t coming up in 7 to10 days like you might have expected. If you are looking at your planted fields and wondering when you will start to see rows of corn, the following information should help you understand when you might expect to see those small green spikes
Categories: Agronomy, Ohio
Tags: Beck's Blog, AgTalk, Agronomy, Agronomy Update, Alex Johnson, Cover Crops, agronomist, Beck's Agronomist, Ohio Agronomy, corn emergence, Ohio corn, GDUS, GDU CALCULATIONS