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Just Chillin’ Sounds Fun but it’s Hard on Seed Corn


Seed corn genetics are better than ever today, but even science has not outwitted old Mother Nature. In a fit of fury, she can deliver her wrath on a field of seed corn planted too soon and make you utter the five words every farmer hates to say: "I wish I had waited."


What's happened is easily explained and often easily ignored in the rush to plant.


"Seed corn is very sensitive to soil and soil water temperatures that are below 50°F at planting and during the first 48 hours afterwards," says Ken Ferrie, Farm Journal Field Agronomist.


By RHONDA BROOKS

April 26, 2023

agweb.com

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