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May 2002 Archives

Evaluating Corn Stands

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D.R. Hicks, Extension Agronomist

I recently wrote a news release that suggested thinking about replanting might be premature because the reports I had indicated the germinating seeds had roots and shoots that were firm, but growing very slowly. While not a heat wave, the temperatures have been warmer and corn is emerging. However, some corn seeds are rotting and I think growers need to look carefully now at the situation so they can replant if necessary.

D. R. Hicks, Agronomy and Plant Genetics
A major portion (76%) of the Minnesota corn crop has been planted with the remainder delayed because of wet soil conditions and growers may wonder about the maturities of the hybrids they will be planting. Growers have made hybrid choices based on maturities for their normal planting dates. Growers should "stay the course" with their hybrid choices if they can plant by or prior to May 25. If planting does not occur by May 25, then consider maturities as given in Table 1.

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