The list of factors that can impact yield during the season is a long one, which is why it’s critical to begin with as much yield potential as possible. Careful preparation and planning now – before the seed hits the soil – will go a long way toward end-of-season success.
With corn planting just around the corner, here are some key things to keep in mind:
- Note the genetics. Growers should get to know their hybrids through and through, learning the soil types and other environmental and management conditions in which they’re most likely to thrive.
- Map out which soil types are where. This will help decide which hybrids need to go into which fields. Factors such as soil texture, nutrient holding capacity and water-holding capacity can make a big difference in how a hybrid yields. For example, some hybrids thrive in fine soil, while others do better in coarse conditions.
- Don’t forget to check drainage and soil pH. Help ensure that each hybrid is planted in an environment where it can succeed by being aware of how each field drains water and what the soil pH levels are.
To further explore how to best map out where your soil types are, watch as Product Development Agronomy Manager Doug Kirkbride demonstrates the differences between the three main soil types, and how that affects hybrid placement.
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