Evaluate early corn stands

Corn is emerging across the Midwest and farmers are encouraged to evaluate early stands.

Pioneer agronomist Jonathan Rotz says he’s looking for uniformity.

“Everything coming up at the exact same time, or are there areas that are really ahead and really behind. And especially if those areas that are ahead or behind are close within a role, then I am literally going to do some digging into that.”

He tells Brownfield that means examining the seed furrow.

“Looking at seeding depth, looking at what might be causing things to hesitate. And I especially want to look at is there anything that maybe I would be able to remedy before things dry off here and I go plant more crop.”

Rotz says spacing is also important because research shows evenly spaced corn plants are in the best position to capture available sunlight.

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