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Planting in Cold Soil

Posted on: August 19th, 2014

The weather this year has been quite unpredictable throughout the Midwest.  After one of the coldest winters on record for some in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, and the Dakotas–it left us a very cool spring for planting.  As the calendar planting dates approached, the soil remained much cooler than other years.

Throughout the last few weeks, we have been busy checking with our distributors out in the fields.  In Indiana, we had one distributor checking to see if several predictions of kernel loss from early planting in cold (not cool) wet conditions come true.  When it comes to cold soil conditions, how important is it when the calendar reaches the 15th of April and the soil is not up to 50 degrees?  What he has found is that the really early planted corn, without Agri-Remedy & Agri-Achieve, have been turning up kernals at 12-16 round, 35-42 long.  The same exact variety of corn, with the addition of Agri-Remedy & Agri-Achieve in the soil, planted later,  have been turning up approx. 18-20 round and 42-50 long.  Essentially we are getting a 60 bu/acre difference.

“If you lose 4 rows of kernals (42 kernals per row at 32k population) that’s 60 bu possible yield loss.  Even at our local $3.85 board price–that’s $230 + dollars per acre lost profit.”                             -FFP Distributor (20 + years)

Many farmers driving down the road would agree–all the corn fields look the same, yet if you were to go out in the field, count the kernals, and put a spade in the ground to compare the apples to apples (or corn to corn in this matter)–you will see the difference.2013-07-03 15.10.07