A Late Corn Planting Start Shouldn’t Be Concerning, Says a Specialty Hybrids Agronomist

by | May 4, 2022 | Indiana Agriculture News, News Feed

Left to Right: Eric Wornhoff, John Hudson and Tom Manney with Specialty Seeds. Photo by Hoosier Ag Today.

Even though it’s been a late start to the planting season, there may be some concern that this year’s corn yield might drop off.  But Tom Manney, Technical Agronomist with Specialty Hybrids, says that’s likely not going to be the case.

“Corn generally [and] agronomically, it speeds up its metabolic process when it’s planted later, so later planted corn gets taller [and] it grows faster.  Even though we’re looking at this delayed season, the corn does do a very good job of catching up,” according to Manney.

He also adds the genetics available now for corn hybrids help with its resiliency.

“[The hybrids are] stronger than they were years ago.  They’re much more resilient to weather changes, climate changes, temperature changes and dealing with excess moisture.”

Manney says the late start to planting shouldn’t be concerning to Hoosier farmers and he still expect a strong corn crop throughout Indiana.

“It’s important to remember that [the] planting date is only one factor when it comes to yield at the end of the year.  There’s so many factors that come in.  Whether it be rainfall amounts, drought stress, plant health [or] diseases coming in.  [The] planting date is only one of the factors that affect it,” says Manney.

Manney says Specialty Hybrids offers a particular full-season corn hybrid that he recommends for late planting.

“I remember back in 2019, we had an even later planted season than we’ve seen so far this year.  We [have] a product [called] 42D843.  [It] planted late [at the] end of May in some situations.  We still had very, very strong yields out of that hybrid despite the late planting season.”

The 42D843 hybrid offers the following key strengths:

  • Can raise the bar for yield potential across a wide range of soil types.
  • Responds well to high yield management.
  • Good disease tolerance package and low Greensnap risk.
  • Can respond to fungicide, especially in corn-on-corn rotations.

Click HERE to read more about 42D843 and the other hybrids available from Specialty Hybrids.

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