The vast majority of growers wisely waited patiently a few weeks ago when temperatures were warm. Now that the forecast looks to be staying warm, folks are getting ready to plant. A few acres have already been planted and we should expect to see a lot of tractors rolling over the next week.
The soil was at a good temperature yesterday afternoon, though keep in mind the soil can fluctuate 10 or more degrees throughout the day. Looking at the average soil temp for the day is more accurate. For corn to germinate and come out of the ground quickly we want the average soil temp to be at least 55 at the 2 inch depth.
Here’s a look at some seeds in the furrow.
For pest management information throughout the season, take a look at the corn section or the SC Pest Management Handbook: