After weeks of cold and wet conditions, sunny skies and mild temperatures gave some growers a chance to get into the fields. Dan Emmert, agronomist wit DuPont Pioneer in SW Indiana, says fields are beginning to dry out, “Soil temperatures are moving above 60 degrees, but the real issue is how quickly these fields will dry out.”
He told HAT for many growers there is still work to be done before planting can begin, “There are many fields where anhydrous still needs to be applied and windy conditions have prevented some burndown spraying. We also have some cover crops that are getting rather tall and need to be controlled.” He added that a lot of those activities would be taking place over the next few days as long as the rain stays away. Emmert says in Knox Country there was seed going into the ground this weekend, ”On some of the sandy soil near Vincennes, there is planting taking place.”
He warned growers not to open a field too early and risk soil compaction, but also not to wait too long, “The next few weeks are the ideal time to get corn planted in Indiana.” Listen to the complete update from Dan Emmert with DuPont Pioneer at our web site and mobile app.