Make Sure Field is Ready for Planting After the Rains



During last week’s rain delay for Indiana farmers, HAT visited fields in northeast Indiana south of Fort Wayne. There was a lot of progress there leading up to the rains, and some farmers even went from no planting to 100 percent complete. We joined Seed Consultants product manager Matt Hutcheson to check progress, and with soil temperatures above 60 degrees, he wasn’t too concerned about the resumption of planting.

“There’s a lot of concern when we look back and last year when we had a similar circumstance with a week of warm weather and then a cold snap with a lot of rain. Soil temperatures dropped as much as 20-25 degrees in some areas. That doesn’t appear to be the case here yet,” he said, “so, anyone who just planted should be fine. If we would get a cold snap with a lot of rain, the concern would be some cold shock to the seedlings, death of seedlings, and potential need to replant.”

Fortunately, temperatures should hold up nicely this week. But if you received a good amount of rainfall, Hutcheson cautions you about moving the planter back over the field.

“We do still have a couple of weeks left in the optimal planting window. The think to keep in mind is that with this rain moving through we want to make sure that the ground dries out and field conditions are right before we go back into the field. If we try to rush planting or field work and create compaction, we’ll end up causing more damage to our yields than we will by getting our corn in the ground by a certain date.”

Hutcheson reminds you to get control of tough to control weeds as soon as possible. He also said weather has been conducive for black cutworm moths and this is the time of year they move in and lay eggs. A weedy field is an attractive place for them to lay those eggs. See more in the HAT YouTube video.