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How early corn development affects yields

June 10, 2011
From Wayne Schoper and Rich Baumann - South Central College , The Journal

It has been a tough spring. In South Central Minnesota, most of the corn and soybeans planted by Memorial Day have now emerged. Cool and wet soil conditions have held back development until recent warm weather put us back on track. For corn planted by May 20th we are probably only one to two weeks behind normal. Growing Degree Days show that we are only 8% behind the long term average for heat units. Everything depends on what happens weather-wise from here on out. Corn is an amazing plant that can make up ground in a hurry with good weather conditions.



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