Delayed corn planting may not reduce yield potential

Delayed corn planting may not reduce yield potential

Delayed corn planting may not be a bad option

"Producers to realize that they still have options for corn as we move into June,” said Dr. Jourdan Bell.

Producers have options remaining for planting corn, in spite of continued wet weather that has limited field work. And waiting for better planting conditions should be one of them, says a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension agronomist.

“It’s important for producers to realize that they still have options for corn as we move into June,” said Dr. Jourdan Bell, AgriLife Extension agronomist. “While we are seeing delays in corn planting, the greater concern at this time is for those producers with saturated soils and corn in the ground.”

Delayed planting concerns a lot of growers who have been kept out of fields by rain for the past few weeks. But they still have time and should not rush to plant in non-ideal conditions, Bell says.

 “Previous research has demonstrated that good yields can be obtained with late May and even early June plantings,” she said. “Moving the planting date later in the season actually pushes the critical growth stage of tasseling, which coincides with the period of greatest water demand, out of the hottest part of the summer.”

Research shows producers can achieve good yields with late-planted corn.

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