The weather has been nice over the last two weeks and has finally allowed fields in the Pee Dee to dry out a little. Growers have been taking advantage of the good field conditions and are wide open planting corn. Here is Alan Gaddy of Dillon County planting some no-till corn.
Planting 12 rows at a time.
Here, we uncovered a few seed to check the depth. These are just right at about an inch and a half. With the soil as warm as it is and the nice sunny weather, it won’t take long for these seeds to germinate and emerge.
Here is a field in Dillon County that has already come up and is looking good.
The plants have just one collared leaf right now, meaning they are in the V1 stage.
Corn planting may be reduced a little more than previously thought this year because of the late start to planting. Later planted corn usually faces increased challenges like higher insect and disease pressure as well as the potential for water stress during the silking stage. With this in mind, some growers are opting to not plant late corn rather than battle these conditions. Growers with irrigation can usually get away with planting late corn a little more easily than dryland farmers, though it’s still risky. For more info on planting corn, take a look at the Clemson Corn Production Guide.