Ask the Agronomist: Replanting After a Freeze

Q: My corn was standing about 4 inches tall when we experienced a hard freeze last weekend. Now many of those plants look black, so I’m wondering whether to replant.

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A: Your newly planted crop may or may not bounce back, depending on its size when it was hit with the hard freeze. The growing point usually is above ground around V-6 to V-7. At this point of development, the corn seedling is about 6 to 8 inches tall, but that depends on the hybrid.

Regardless of crop size, the best thing to do if your crop was damaged is to wait 3 to 5 days after the freeze to evaluate damage. If corn plants are going to “stand back up,” you should be able to see it by this time. If they plants are still down, you’ll be able to gauge if a total replant is necessary or if you can just replant certain areas.

You can also dig up a few individual plants from different areas in your field and split them vertically to assess visual damage at the growing point. Typically, seedlings that have more than a 1/2 inch of healthy tissue above the growing point will develop into plants with high yield potential. Seedlings that have more tissue damage will likely not recover.

Click on the audio link to hear Latham’s senior agronomist and product manager Mark Grundmeier provide more details on the air with farm broadcaster Liz Brown of KOEL.

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Thanks for tuning in to this week’s Ask the Agronomist. We’ll be back again next week to field all of your questions during #plant16.