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May 6, 2013 Agriculture Column


What a nice weekend, making everyone ansy to get going in the field.  It is surprising; however, I have talked to many producers and they have either been putting on a good show or something as they seemed somewhat calm about the planting season upcoming.  I did talk to one individual on Sunday that said he turned his corn seed back.  He asked if that was a wise decision and my comment was: “that is a decision that each producer needs to make and feel comfortable with”.  On the lighter soils, in our area, we could be starting field work in another week and that still leaves plenty of time to get corn planted and like anything else we do in the farming world “if we knew what was coming for the growing season would be very helpful”.  If we were to base our farming thinking on this years weather forecast both Osborn and Lerner (meteorologists) talk about a cool wet spring and then turning dry and warm during the mid summer growing season and then having a late fall season.  If that forecast holds true corn should do alright for us.  But if we remember 2004 we had a killing frost that was not expected either, so who knows.  Only in NORTH DAKOTA.

One thing is for sure, spring is coming and the forecast looks pretty favorable for the next week to 10 days for getting things dried up.  Most farmers will stick to their original planting intentions with only minor twicks.  One thing that may change a little is how producers apply their nutrient requirements.  I was told on Sunday that $3.50 separates ammonia and urea per acre.  This will likely mean some changes on which product is used this spring.

What HRSW variety should I plant in a later season?

I received many phone calls last week about which might be a better HRSW variety to plant if we get too late into the planting season.  This is a very difficult question as if we knew what the weather would hold the decision would be easier.  The one cause of concern we have is if we get past the optimum planting date for HRSW you could expect 1-1.5 bushels per day yield reduction.  Does this hold true for all varieties is a question that should be researched using these super yield varieties compared to the more traditional varieties.  Either way we do know that a yield drag does occur.  Below is a comment sent to me from Joel Ransom (NDSU Extension agronomist).

Earlier maturing varieties tend to do better than later maturing varieties with late planting. Faller, Albany, Prosper, and Brennan are late maturing, and are therefore not good candidates for late planting. Breaker is a moderately late variety, so may not do as well as expected with late planting. Glenn, Brennan, Kelby, Select, Brick, and Briggs are among the earliest and tend to do relatively better than later varieties when planted late.  Joel

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