How early would you plant corn this spring if soil conditions weren't a factor? In other words, if you could pencil in a planting day right now to start planting corn, what day would it be?
Stewart Seeds is conducting a series of AIM agronomy meetings for customers this winter. Farmers at the Greensburg meeting, one of at least nine to be held, said they would mark the calendar on some day in April.
Jason Petrosino, an agronomist for Stewart Seeds, asked the question. Farmers in the audience use remotes to select their answer, which tell the computer in a matter of seconds how the farmers responded. Then a graph of instant results appears on the screen.
Nearly four of five would circle dates in the April 1 through April 15 range. Nearly half would like to start between April 15 and April 30. That leaves only a fraction who would start before or after a date in those ranges.
Petrosino says early planting is important. He says that in some other meetings, customers haven't been quite as eager to plant that early, even though the meetings were held further south in Indiana and in Kentucky. Check here for results of all meetings once the data is tabulated.
Farmers at Greensburg would also like to get a relatively early start on planting soybeans. The question again gave them a range of dates for when they would start planting if soil conditions were not a factor.
For soybeans, nearly half of the farmers said they would start in April. Four out of 10 said they would prefer to start somewhere in the range from May 1 through May 15.
The agronomists again believe planting date is important if you're after top soybean yields. It affects several reproductive processes that could result in higher yields.
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