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2014 corn date of planting study

Posted by Russel Higgins -

Despite the ominous weather forecast for the upcoming week, we planted our first corn of 2014 in our date of planting study in surprisingly good soil conditions. We will attempt to plant at two week intervals for three additional dates. Due to weather challenges our entire study last year was compressed into the month of May. In the study we plant a full season and shorter season varieties. An additional component of this study will be the use of fungicides and insecticides across varieties and planting dates. Thanks to John Bell, Jo Daviess NRCS District Conservationist who extended an invitation to participate in his Building Soils Program held at the Hawley farm near Stockton. The Hawleys were gracious hosts and shared their experiences incorporating a number of practices on their acreage including long term no-till, minimal tillage, manure applications and cover crops. All practices that were reaping benefits, especially on their rolling ground. On my trip home the tractors were rolling across northwestern Illinois who were apparently drier than most farms in the northeast.

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