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Plots are done!

Posted by Russel Higgins -

Like most farmers, NIARC farm foreman Dave Lindgren and I had collective sighs of relief as we finished planting our final plot last night. We cannot put the planter away just yet because we have several date of planting studies that stretch into the last week May and the first week of June. We will also be planting late corn and pumpkins to serve as a trap crop for Corn rootworm beetles. We have corn on our site ranging from VE to V3, this weeks projected temperatures in the nineties should be very beneficial to the emerged crops. Dr. Larry Bledsoe from Purdue University shared that the Western corn rootworm hatch has taken place, the earliest hatch date in 17 years.


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