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 ...

Quick View
  • Dealing with Diplodia After the latest spate of wet, cool weather in parts of the Midwest, plant pathologists are urgin...
  • Year-Round Cow Kelly Smith believes fetal programming through good nutrition for dams yields better steers and h...
  • Russ' Vintage Iron DTN staff reporter Russ Quinn takes a look at farm life nearly a century ago.
  • Cash Will Be King Years of $6-and-up corn couldn't last forever. Some proactive grain farmers are bolstering their ...
  • CWA Rule Pressure The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has asked the federal EPA to withdraw the...
  • COOL Appeal Likely in 2015 Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said the U.S. might not file an appeal of the country-of-origin...
  • Ask the Taxman by Andy Biebl Readers ask if they can offset futures losses against cattle income, roll hedges forward tax-free...
  • Ranch Hands Two families take different approaches to building income from trail rides, roundups and real-lif...
  • Ask the Vet Why isn't my flea and tick control for dogs working?
Related News Stories
Exporters Report Soy Sales
Exporters Report Corn Sale
Dealing with Diplodia
Exporters Report Corn Sale
Exporters Report Corn Sale
Exporters Report Corn Sale
Exporters Report Corn Sale
Shifts in Corn Consumption
Todd's Take
Exporters Report Corn Sale