Evaluate the Corn Stand, Treat the Soybean Seed

"Ideally, we want corn stands to be within 2000-3000 of planting population," said Kevin Carlson, Federated's senior agronomist. The objective is even and uniform stands with all plants out of the ground within a day or two of each other, but "that's not always the case," said Carlson. 

Carlson reminded growers to get out and check their fields: "Come behind the planter a week or 10 days later and see how the crop is emerging." Evaluate and monitor the stand as it comes up "because you may need to give it a little help [rotary hoeing, for example] when germination and emergence conditions are less than ideal," he said. This year, wet, cold, mastic soil has certainly been an issue. (See this article on Cool Temps & Rain After Planting Corn.)

If corn isn't out of the ground at 21 days, it's probably not going to be. Carlson said, "It if gets to 20 days . . . give us a call, especially if it's our product in the ground." (Carlson recommends these articles on Corn Replanting Decisions and Time to Switch to Earlier Maturity? )

Treated soybeans should also be out of the ground by 21 days, and if not, "they definitely are not going to come," he said.

Carlson highly recommends treating soybeans. "If it's not our seed, we will treat that too," he said. Seed treatment gives added protection against the adverse effects of cold and wet soils. Call your Federated Location to order seed treatment.

In the end, "forcing the planting doesn't work," Carlson said. "Be patient. When the conditions are good, get real busy." And call your Federated Agronomist with any planting or stand evaluation questions.