Crop Watch 2016: With Mother Nature in need of Prozac, this is a year to be cautious on early planting.
Published on: Apr 18, 2016
Dave Nanda is a firm believer in early planting. The crops consultant for Seed Consultants, Inc., and author of Breeder’s Journal and Corn Illustrated in Indiana Prairie Farmer can point to lots of data that supports the fact that corn planted early for the area ends to yield more than corn planted in mid-to-late season, averaged over several years. There is data from seed corn companies that also backs up that conclusion. However, this might not be the year to get impatient about planting.
The weather turned from warm enough to cause someone in central Indiana to mow their yard twice in later March to freezing with up to an inch of snow on the ground as late as April 9. The yard didn’t need mowing that week! It may need mowing again now, but even if Mother Nature has settled down, there is no guarantee the cold outbreaks are over.
The average date of the last spring frost at Indianapolis is April 17. A frost or light freeze is....... (To Read More, Click the Link Below):