It has been mostly dry and warm in NE Indiana, and that has let growers in that area catch up on delayed planting. Stephanie Smith, DuPont Pioneer agronomist, says the dust has been flying in her area this week, “We have had quite a bit of crop put in the ground. I would estimate that 80% of the corn has been planted and about half the soybeans are in.” She added it is quite unusual that Northern Indiana would be further along on planting than Central Indiana. Not only is the crop planted, much of it has emerged because of good soil moisture and warm temperatures. But, a late season frost last week had many growers worried about their young tender plants. “We had a period of about 36 hours when we had very cold temperatures and we had some slight frost damage to the emerged corn,” Smith said.
Like other parts of the state, burndown of weeds and cover crops has been a challenge; but she says growers in the NE are beginning to catch up. Smith is also concerned about some of the early planted corn that was planted into some very wet soil, but she reports there have been no major problems so far and no one is considering replant at this time.
While the focus is on corn, Smith says getting the soybeans in the ground now will help insure good yield, “The key to good soybean yields is getting the canopy established.” She advised, the earlier you get the soybeans started, the sooner you get to full canopy, “The longest day of sunlight is June 21, so if you have canopy by then you benefit from all that energy.”
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