As planting season is underway, several corn farmers have their corn in the ground and waiting to see how their stand turns out.
According to Erick Larson, corn specialist with Mississippi State University Extension, there are three general areas to focus on when considering yield determining factors. The top three factors are variety selection, plant stand, and soil management.
Getting a good corn stand is all about timing and good weather conditions.
"A lot of growers had problems planting corn in 2020 due to spring rainfall," Larson said. "We deal with weather issues every year, but a lot of growers change their planting intentions in April because they did not have the opportunity to plant in March or early April. From an educational standpoint, there are a lot of other management factors that ultimately determine crop outcome, so realize you can still be successful if you manage your crop well.
"Oftentimes, we struggle with making decisions about whether to plant or even abandon planting intentions, but my point is to focus on other management factors, like getting a good stand."
In this gallery, a few pictures illustrate the ups and downs of corn planting on a Mississippi farm.