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Dr. Dan Talks Agronomy
Dan Davidson DTN Contributing Agronomist
Wed Jun 4, 2014 05:04 PM CDT

A walk across cornfields in and around our farm reveals that stands are less than desirable this year. Gaps and uneven emergence are a severe disappointment, especially when there's so much invested in precision equipment to get those stands right. The soil appeared to be in good physical condition this spring, so what happened?

The problems I've seen are mostly in no-till fields and particularly in no-till corn following corn. However, I've also seen some problems in corn after soybeans. I've even seen some less-than-perfect stands of oats and alfalfa drilled into cornstalks using a no-till drill too.

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