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Farmers: These 6 Corn-Planting Tips Will Ensure Your Crop's Success

By    |   Monday, 08 Aug 2016 11:05 AM

Corn is one of your farm’s biggest summer cash crops. How you plant it initially will determine the eventual success or failure of your harvest. To ensure success, follow these planting tips.

1. Wait for the right time to plant — The right time has little to do with the date on the calendar, crop specialist Greg Luce of the University of Missouri Extension tells Successful Farming. Instead, wait for the right soil temperature — corn germinates best and establishes quickly when the soil has reached 50 F.

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2. Perform tillage only when needed and under the right conditions — Avoid tilling wet soil as it can cause soil compaction and ultimately reduces crop yields, advises AgWay.
 

3. Know your seeding attrition rate — The rate of seeds that normally fail to germinate or grow is important to keep in mind when you are planning your seeding rates. The Corn and Soybean Digest says that, in Iowa, the optimal plant counts range from 34,500 to 37,000 plants per acre of land.
 

4. Plant at the proper depth — Greg Luce says too many farmers are hesitant to plant corn at the best depth to ensure the seed comes in full contact with plenty of soil. He recommends a planting depth of two inches and says that planting too shallow causes more problems than planting too deep. Shallow depths have more widely fluctuating temperatures and moisture levels which can prevent seeds from germinating properly.

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5. Plant a mix of early, mid, and late season varieties — This strategy helps you reduce risk of potential crop failures and will provide for a harvest over a longer period of time, according to AgWeb.

6. Use narrow row spacing According to the University of Wisconsin Agronomy Department, narrow row spacing results in an equidistant spacing between plants. The dense planting helps to crowd out weeds and make the most efficient use of moisture, light, and soil nutrients.

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