Filling in the blanks in a poor corn stand is not a good idea

Heavy rains not only delayed corn planting in Michigan this May, but for the corn that did get planted, we are seeing emergence problems in some fields.

Corn emerging May 30, 2014.
Corn emerging May 30, 2014.

Corn planting in much of Michigan was delayed by the cool, wet spring in 2014. According to the USDA Crop Progress Report for May 2014, only 18 percent of the corn crop was in on May 18; by May 25, approximately 53 percent was planted. This is still considerably behind the five-year average of 82 percent planted by the fourth week of May.

Corn planted in early May under “less than ideal conditions” or pounded by rain is just coming up. There are undoubtedly some questionable stands, but what can be done at this late date?

Taking time to carefully evaluate the field and make plans can save time and money in the long run. Resources are available through MSU Extension to help producers make those decisions. To contact a local MSU Extension educator, go to the MSU Extension Find an Expert webpage.

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