Let's Talk Stalks
Dan Davidson DTN Contributing Agronomist
Mon Nov 24, 2014 11:29 AM CST

Huge amounts of cornstalks that seem resistant to decay require creative solutions and trial and error. Weather plays a role in whether a strategy works. Tillage doesn't always work, nor does spraying on nitrogen, sulfur and carbon (sugar and humates). Microbes and enzymes don't always work to our satisfaction either.

Southern portions of the Corn Belt have a bit of an advantage when it comes to natural decay. Air temperatures stay warmer longer in the fall and warm up more quickly in the spring. Corn is often harvested earlier, beginning in late August and early September. Early harvests coupled with ...

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