CROPS NEWS
Shallow Thoughts
Pam Smith DTN\Progressive Farmer Crops Technology Editor
Fri Apr 12, 2013 09:50 AM CDT

DECATUR, Ill. (DTN) -- Traditionally, the general rule of thumb has been to plant corn at a depth equivalent to the second knuckle on the index finger. Problem is, not all knuckles are created equal, nor do they take this spring's variable conditions into consideration.

Cool temperatures and dry soil profiles still prevail across much of the Corn Belt, despite some recent rains. Without fully charged soil moisture profiles, small rains may tempt farmers to plant shallow with the hope of a quick warm up and subsequent emergence.

Getting that seed in contact with soil that contains moisture is critical ...

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