Good Morning folks, and welcome to round…..? I ‘m not sure; I’ve lost count with all the moisture we’ve received this late “winter”/what’s supposed to be spring.
Here in the Northeast corner of Nebraska, we received over an inch of rain overnight Monday, with more expected the rest of the week. I’m not here today to concern you, or to deter the situation. Yes, planting is behind schedule, but there have been worse years before. I’m old enough to remember 1991 and 1992 in certain areas of the country.
It’s amazing how fast we can get a crop in once Mother Nature cooperates. We’re not that far off on planting and, with the cold soil temps we’ve had, that only further extends the problems. I’ve talked with a few NuTech Seed DSMs over the last 48 hours and soil temps are coming up. The next 7-to-10 day forecast calls for warmer weather and drying conditions later in the week.
If you’re concerned about maturities on corn: don’t be. Typically, this time of year we’re behind on heat units, and we catch up in late June and July. Stay with the corn hybrids your NuTech Seed representative has positioned for you.
The same goes for soybean varieties. Soybeans know how to adapt and are daylight sensitive. My experiences have shown that those growers who stay with their adapted varieties have the best results. In 1991 I saw soybeans being planted with airplanes on the 4th and 5th of July, using their adapted varieties. It got extremely hot, muggy and kept raining. We had a killing frost on the 18th of September, and the soybeans still yielded 40 bushels an acre.
With delayed planting, bring some other potential risks into our equations. The chance for more insect damage could occur from delayed planting or the wet conditions: seed corn maggots, wireworms, grubs, fall armyworm, and cutworms can become more of a problem. If you are equipped with insecticide applicators on your planters, consider using an insecticide in this year’s program. We can see improper seed-to-soil contact, as well as side wall compaction on your seed rows. Check your planters and adjust accordingly so that we don’t see open furrows and seed not at the proper depth, while having good “seed-to-soil” contact.
Here are some websites that can help you as the season progresses. UNL CropWatch is a tremendous website if you haven’t used it before. You can follow UNL.edu on Twitter or Facebook as well. UNL Water is another excellent resource. Tamra Jackson-Ziems has a great Twitter account and keeps up-to-date on the current planting situations and issues concerning crops in Nebraska. Jennifer Rees is a Nebraska Extension Educator focused on crop protection.
I’ve also had some dealers ask me recently about educational opportunities. We’ll have some going forward this summer at our company-sponsored plots as well as other events. One coming up is the “UNL Intro to Crop Scouting” on May 9 in Ithica at the UNL Diagnostic Center.
Last but not least, please be safe, cautious, and think before you get rolling this season. I almost saw an accident occur on Friday because a farmer was getting in a hurry. Take your time and be aware of what’s going on around you!