Agronomist says early-planted Wisconsin crops should survive cold weather

An agronomist says he’s not worried about the corn and soybeans that were planted in southern Wisconsin ahead of recent cold weather.  Scott Rountree with Pioneer tells Brownfield corn and soybeans generally take about 120 growing degree units from planting to emergence. “A lot of that crop that got planted seven to ten, maybe even up to fourteen days ago, it’s going to need three plus weeks to get up out of the ground. We just haven’t had a lot of heat over the past couple of weeks and it just takes time.”

Rountree says many farmers in the state are getting anxious to plant, but the best thing they can do is wait for the right field conditions. “Do all of the things right. Avoid things like sidewall compaction. Avoid working or planting into sticky or tacky soils, and just give that crop a really good chance for a good start.”

Rountree says some areas of the state might have to wait a while for ideal soil conditions because of more than five inches of recent rain in some areas and over a foot of snow in others putting spring tillage and planting on hold.

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