7 SAGE ADVICE: When Growing Corn-After-Corn



Hybrid corn varieties that mature early and are resistant to pests and disease are advantageous to plant in corn-after-corn operations.

Lowella Fin has an informative article in the October 2018 issue of Agriculture Magazine. She has 7 practical management suggestions for Corn-After-Corn system of production. This means corn is planted in the same land year-round or season after season.

Here they are:

1. Choose field that are best suited for corn-after-corn system. Fields should have good drainage, medium textured soils with ample water holding capacity, and adequate phosphorus and potassium levels.

2.Manage corn borers using Pioneer products. Your local Pioneer agronomists and sales representatives will gladly assist you in choosing which is best suited in your area.

3.Select hybrids with appropriate maturities to suit your needs. Early maturing hybrids will have an advantage.

4. Manage nitrogen carefully. A combination of N during basal and sidedress applications may help limit effects of N losses due to leaching and denitrification in wet periods.

5.Walk in the field regularly and monitor to identify any problems early. Look for stand count issues, nitrogen shortages, insect build ups, outbreak of disease, weed problems, and effect of moisture stress.

6.Monitor fields for leaf diseases and stalk and ear rots. They can be controlled by managing residues properly and selecting resistant or tolerant hybrids.

7. Be diligent to prevent soil compaction on corn-after-corn fields.

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