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Veteran Advisor

Might not keep up with last year's early start.

http://community.agriculture.com/t5/Marketing/Corn-Planted-in-Iowa/td-p/180343

 

No correlation with final yield, just interesting.

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Honored Advisor

Re: Might not keep up with last year's early start.

Does anyone know how his 400 acres turned out?    

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Veteran Advisor

Re: Might not keep up with last year's early start.

jec22,

 

I think you bring up (inadvertantly or not) a SERIOUS point. Because of snow depths, frost, moisture (whatever) planting is going to be closer to average or even a touch late ON BALANCE,this year.

 

USDA/end users might have gotten away with a few things last 18 months (early harvest/ability for stocks #'s to be less clear, etc).......I don't have a crystal ball, but this might all come to a bigger head before Sep 1st. B/C I sense Corn's been a bit tighter than USDA's had to report----yet????????????

 

 

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Veteran Advisor

Re: Might not keep up with last year's early start.

It's March 11, not April 11 or May 11

 

a lot of folks went way earlier than normal last year because ground conditions were decent as well as soil temps.....being ready to plant midwest corn in early April is just fine....those 55 degree soil temps on March 20 can turn into mid 40 degree soil temps in the first half of April....

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Senior Contributor

Re: Might not keep up with last year's early start.

Last year we planted sweet corn on st pattys day. It was up in 4 days. Planted corn on march 30. This year it looks like it will be at least a couple weeks until we can even think about hooking up the anhydrous bar. Very wet and cold. Definitely not the same start as last. And I'm not complaining. ECIL for location
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Contributor

Re: Might not keep up with last year's early start.

"No correlation to final yield". Correct and that is the key point.  Summer weather pretty much determines everything.

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Senior Advisor

Re: Might not keep up with last year's early start.

Around here there was a correlation between planting date and final yield , A lot of the March corn got frosted 3 times , BUT it was the seedling blight that got it . I would say a safe bet that 50 % of the March got replanted in my area .

 

BTW Pretty wet here , normal plant date for here would be mid April on the gravel and river bottom ground , for me April 22 on if soil and temps are a go .

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