VIDEO: Earlier corn planting gives bigger yield potential

Field Talk with Steph Berlett

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In this edition of Field Talk, I talked with Steph Berlett, sales agronomist with Brussels Agromart, about getting corn planted in April and what it means for crop yields, crop management and weed control.

“It started out fantastic. Planters got rolling last weekend because it was the best conditions we’ve had in years really, so it was hard not to roll with the planters,” Berlett said.

OMAFRA estimates that 15 to 30 per cent of the corn is planted in the province.

The nights and days are still cool, 6 C on Friday morning, May 1, but Berlett says that once the soil gets to 10 C – where corn can be planted – it will stay there, despite fluctuation in temperatures during the day.

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John Greig

John Greig has spent his career in agriculture journalism and communications. He lives on a farm near Ailsa Craig, Ontario. Contact John at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter @jgreig



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