Dr. Dan Talks Agronomy
Dan Davidson DTN Contributing Agronomist
Wed Sep 2, 2015 06:19 AM CDT

Corn is rapidly moving through dent stage (R5). Excess rain early in the summer, shallow roots, shortages of nitrogen and a dry August have contributed to corn moving through grain fill more rapidly than expected. Any stress, including a shortened grain-fill period would reduce kernel weight by hindering dry matter accumulation.

Scouting now can help you decide when corn fields will be ready to harvest and how to prioritize fields in order to minimize harvest loss and maximize harvest efficiency. I like to note the variety, planting date and stress it might have endured as I do these last checks.


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