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Reconsider Your Replant Decisions This Spring

February 24, 2012
By: Margy Eckelkamp, Director of Content Development, Machinery Pete

In episode 4 of Corn College TV, head to the field with Farm Journal Associate Field Agronomist Missy Bauer for a decision making process when faced with poor stands and the potential to replant your corn.

“When the weather doesn’t cooperate use management instead of emotion,” Bauer says. “Put numbers to your decision.”
When considering a replant, go to your field and do several stand counts in different areas of the field. Stretch a tape to measure 1,000th of an acre, take a stand count and make notes of the plant health and uniformity. Then find the average stand count across those areas.
“Pay attention to plant health,” Bauer says. “Look at the root health and if the plants are trying to leaf out under ground.”
Then she says crunch the numbers of what a replant would cost. Include seed costs, the tillage pass, and any other costs required.
And consider the yield loss due to planting date. Check your area’s charts for planting date penalties.
“Also, remember to contact your crop insurance agent and double check your options,” she says.
Watch the episode below as Bauer walks through an example in a heavily crust field.
 

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