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Agriculture

April 25, 2014

Indiana farmers forced to make tough corn planting decisions

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The optimum window for planting corn in Indiana is typically April 20 to May 10, with that window opening a week earlier in the far southern part of the state and a week later in the far north.

But while Nielsen urged farmers with a lot of acreage to go ahead and start planting, he and Purdue Extension agronomist Tony Vyn were quick to point out that farmers need to remember best agronomic practices — especially when it comes to planting quickly on the heels of anhydrous ammonia applications.

“Because weather delayed field operations there’s now a small window between pre-plant anhydrous ammonia application and planting,” Vyn said. “A rush to plant corn soon after this typical pre-plant nitrogen application has an element of risk associated with it.”

The first roots of corn planted directly over the bands where a full rate of anhydrous ammonia was applied can suffer ammonia toxicity, especially in sandy and cool soils, areas where anhydrous was applied shallowly and when there has been little rainfall between the nitrogen application and seedling emergence.

Vyn encouraged growers to pay close attention to where they apply the fertilizer and to keep it away from the intended cornrows. Real-time kinetic (RTK) guidance systems can help farmers both apply fertilizer and plant more precisely, and this can be especially advantageous when there is less than 10 days between pre-plant anhydrous ammonia application and planting.

Another tip Vyn had for growers was to avoid doing unnecessary tillage just for the sake of being in the fields.

“There’s no sense in doing recreational tillage two weeks before planting,” he said. “The best time is a day before planting, so wait until you’re prepared to plant to do tillage. The only reason to do early tillage is if it’s your only weed control, but there are a lot of other weed-control measures.”

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