Variability seen in Indiana fields

A field agronomist with Beck’s Hybrids says 2017 produced a “spring that never ended.”

Brent Minett says farmers who had to replant because of heavy rainfall are now seeing a lot of variability in corn and soybean fields.

“There is corn that’s already brown silk and actually entering grain fill and maybe in some late planting cases there is corn that’s still pollinating,” he says. “That adds for a lot of mixed moisture in the field. It also can create insect problems where insects are drawn to those replanted areas where the corn is still very green and so sometimes those replant areas are not as good as the first-time plant.”

He tells Brownfield farmers shouldn’t wait too long to start harvest.

“I would not from the prospective of some of the nitrogen loss we had this year would not let that corn stay out there this fall,” he says. “It’s always better to get it a little bit wetter. That’s easier for me to say because gas costs money, drying costs money, but I still think we’re going to put more bushels in the bin or at the elevator if we get out there and get it early.”

Minett says this fall farmers need to manage weeds caused by heavy rainfall to prepare for the next growing season.

Brownfield spoke to Minett at Becknology Days in Atlanta, Indiana.

Audio: Brent Minett, Field Agronomist with Beck’s Hybrids


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