Shift Residue to Help Corn Thrive

May 12, 2013 12:00 AM
Shift Residue to Help Corn Thrive

Moving aside residue to make way for corn seed is among the best ways to help plants emerge quickly. Act without a residue management strategy and you run the risk of negatively influencing crop growth.

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"We see that effect on the early emergence, and even now when we look at these plants, you’ll see that there’s some plants that are further behind than others," says Farm Journal associate field agronomist Missy Bauer in Corn College TV Season 3. "We’ll dig this up later. Chances are, there’s a piece of residue that’s pinched down there that maybe changed the planting depth on this plant, maybe shallowed it up, or maybe just didn’t give us good what we call seed-to-soil contact."

To alleviate those problems, farmers can run row cleaners on their planters.

"Anytime we can try to get this crop out of the ground in a shorter amount of days, the more uniform things are," Bauer says. "So if we can get things up in seven, eight days versus 14 or 15 days, it makes a big difference."

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