Tips for a Smooth and Fruitful Spring

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Lyle Marcus, Corn Product Manager

Spring is upon us and the excitement and optimism are in the air! For a smooth and fruitful spring, I’m highlighting: planter box treatments, checking planting depth and stand, and evaluating emergence. These three things can make a huge difference in your emergence and your overall yield.

Planter Box Treatments:
One tool to achieve your best stand is using a planter box treatment. These Talc USA products, offered by your Latham® Dealer, help young seedlings get off to the best start:

  • Inceptive – Contains a Harpin Protein to protect corn from nematodes. It also promotes germination and improved root systems.
  • Encompass – Contains multiple microbials to fix nitrogen and mobilize phosphorus, which is an important key for corn plants to perform at their greatest potential.
  • MicroSurge – Aids in the efficient use of nitrogen.

Each of these products can be applied easily at the planting by mixing into the 80/20 talc product we offer.

Planting Depth:
Last year, I created two videos highlighting the importance of planting depth. Check them out:

Evaluating Emergence:
Once your crop emerges, it is a good practice to check for adequate stand. It is worth your time to check all of your fields and in multiple areas. While you are taking stands, evaluate seedlings for health and vigor. Although the vast majority of corn fields will have few issues on an annual basis, you will want to take note of any issues you see for future success.

There are three common methods for taking stand counts. I have them highlighted below with a graph for further explanation:

  1. 1/1,000th Acre Method – Count the number of plants in a length of row equal to 1/1,000 of an acre based on row width. Multiply the number of plants by 1,000 to get plants per acre, and repeat the process in several locations throughout the field.
  2. Wheel Method – Count 150 plants and measure the distance from start to finish with a measuring wheel. Divide the number of feet traveled into the appropriate factor.
  3. Hoop Method – Measure the diameter of the hoop, toss it in a field, and count the number of plants inside the hoop. Do this in five locations across the field. Then, multiply the average number of plants by the appropriate factor.

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Spring is a busy and exciting time. Reach out to your Latham Dealer or the office at (641) 692-3258 to discuss an questions you may have. Happy planting!