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Managing Stalks
Tue Jan 8, 2013 05:06 PM CST

As plant populations in corn fields increase, so does the residue. While residue slows erosion and can increase soil organic levels, it also can be too much of a good thing. A thick layer of residue can slow soil warming, inhibit planting and damage emergence and plant development.

"From our experience running emergence trials in stressful environments, if a plant is one or more leaf stages behind its neighbors when the corn is knee-high, it is very likely to remain a runt with very little, if any, contribution to yield at harvest," says ...

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