Waiting for warmth hinders pythium risk

An agronomist stresses practicing patience this planting season for farmers delayed by cool, wet conditions.

Justin Schneider with LG Seeds tells Brownfield the calendar does not dictate when to plant, soil temperature does.

“We need to make this first try really count, seed to soil contact is big, and we need soil temperatures to be warm,” he says.

If soils are too cool, Schneider says corn seedlings are at risk of diseases like pythium.

“You’ll see stunting of the plants and usually when it’s there, there’s not much you can do about it at that point,” he says.

Schneider says reduced stands will have a greater impact on yield potential compared to delayed planting and recommends scouting about two weeks after planting for issues.

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