Running out of time to plant corn

Running out of time to plant corn

Last week marked the end of the line for corn planting on most farms north of Highway 20, Iowa State University (ISU) Field Agronomist Angie Rieck-Hinz said at a prevented planting meeting in Dows on June 4.

“We’re pretty much past that point for planting corn, just from a yield standpoint. We take a big hit,” she said. Planting date studies from ISU’s Northern Research Farm show yields for corn planted in mid-June are reduced 40% or more while harvest moisture increases 0.1% for each day of delay, adding drying costs to already strained crop budgets. 

“There’s still some guys who don’t have their corn in,” said Rieck-Hinz, noting a pop-up storm doused some...

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