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Corn Will Recover From N SidedressingCorn Will Recover From N Sidedressing

Many end-row plants grow out of damage by tires and still produce corn.

Tom Bechman 1

June 24, 2013

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One benefit we get from following a field all year long in our Crop Watch '13 program is that we get to see how trends or damage turns out over time. Three weeks ago – just days after the field was sidedressed – there was damage on the end rows. It wasn't more than normal; if you go through the field with a big tractor, applicator and nitrogen tank, you're going to run over some plants and knock others over. Corn was at the V4 stage, about 6 inches tall, when the sidedress application to complete the nitrogen package for the year on the field occurred.


A trip back to the field just a few days ago revealed that in most cases, where corn was damaged from a tire track on the end rows, it was growing back. Some of the plants were green and nearly normal height again. Some may be somewhat behind now, but since they generally come in groups of 4, 5 or 6 plants in a row, and aren't competing with taller plants, they could still produce effectively.

There were a few cases where the plant wasn't going to grow back, but those were in the minority. For the most part, it appeared that the next result of the trip through the field itself to apply nitrogen was going to turn out to be less of a yield hit than it might have appeared to be just a few short weeks ago.

The benefits of sidedressing include getting the bulk of the N on closer to when the plant will use it. That cuts down on the chances that N will be lost due to leaching or other methods. With the wet spring, N that was applied in the fall or even early spring may not all be there now. Some losses may have occurred.

About the Author(s)

Tom Bechman 1

Editor, Indiana Prairie Farm

Tom Bechman is an important cog in the Farm Progress machinery. In addition to serving as editor of Indiana Prairie Farmer, Tom is nationally known for his coverage of Midwest agronomy, conservation, no-till farming, farm management, farm safety, high-tech farming and personal property tax relief. His byline appears monthly in many of the 18 state and regional farm magazines published by Farm Progress.

"I consider it my responsibility and opportunity as a farm magazine editor to supply useful information that will help today's farm families survive and thrive," the veteran editor says.

Tom graduated from Whiteland (Ind.) High School, earned his B.S. in animal science and agricultural education from Purdue University in 1975 and an M.S. in dairy nutrition two years later. He first joined the magazine as a field editor in 1981 after four years as a vocational agriculture teacher.

Tom enjoys interacting with farm families, university specialists and industry leaders, gathering and sifting through loads of information available in agriculture today. "Whenever I find a new idea or a new thought that could either improve someone's life or their income, I consider it a personal challenge to discover how to present it in the most useful form, " he says.

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