Welcome to another season of Crop Watch. We will be profiling a field in the eastern Corn Belt – a completely different field than in the past on a different farm with different soil types. The soils are typically a dark, silty clay loam and a lower organic matter, slightly higher positioned silty loam. Look for reports both Monday and Friday each week.
Follow the series here on the Web and in each issue of the magazine. Seed Consultants, Inc. will award valuable seed prizes to the persons who can take all the clues form the season and come closest to actual final yield for the field.
Look for more details on the contest portion of Crop Watch later. Entries will not be due until much later in the season.
Related: How Deep Should You Plant Corn?
One of the biggest issues this year due to cool soils when people began planting was how deep to plant the corn. Some opted to hold it up shallow, figuring it would rain. Did the rain come in time? Was the planter able to place the seed at a consistent depth so it would come up in time? Stay tuned as reports begin to come in on seed emergence.
In the Crop Watch field, planted May 4, the farmer decided to make sure corn was deep enough rather than too shallow. He planted at least two inches deep if not deeper. While some of his soils in the conventionally tilled field are prone to crusting, he did not get rain for several days and it warmed up some. It's possible the corn may spike through and avoid crusting issues.
Anhydrous ammonia was applied two weeks before planting on the field. Stay tuned for more reports so you can use information from this field to watch what may be happening in your fields.