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Replant acres increasing in the Eastern Corn Belt

Weather challenges have forced a lot of farmers in the Eastern Corn Belt to replant.

Daniel Call with Ohio-based Seed Consultant says, “Across the entire area of Ohio and Indiana would be at an all-time record.”

He says growers planted at a record planting pace the last week of April – and then a wet weather pattern moved in and much of the corn crop sat under water.

He tells Brownfield while investments in genetics have helped, farmers are still faced with a lot of acres that will need to be replanted.

Call says when making that decision – it all comes down to stand count.  “Based upon records of University data – when you look at final stands of corn in the 20,000 to 25,000 range – if it was planted in late April you’re still even or ahead by leaving a stand at that population,” he says.

If replant is necessary – he says – growers don’t necessarily have to switch to an earlier maturing hybrid.  “We’re really not too concerned about moving down on maturities until we get into the month of June,” he says.

AUDIO: Daniel Call, Seed Consultants

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