Crop Production Tips
Apr 01, 2020
Tips to remember this April
With the extra challenge of the pandemic virus and resulting COVID-19, this Spring's planting season is on pace to be a crazy time for everyone trying to get a crop in the ground. Here are a few reminders of items to make sure you check off your list this April.
Get updated field maps to Ag Center
Take delivery of seed corn, alfalfa, and soybeans
Alfalfa and winter wheat stand assessments
Pre-plant weed control on your corn and soybean acres
Plant timely and accurately
Pop-up starter fertilizer applications with Ascend and zinc
Nitrogen treatments to minimize loss to volatization, leaching, and denitrification
Read our agronomy update for operational changes being made due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Division Sales Manager
After your corn crop gets to emergence and the weather conditions are cooperating, it develops rapidly, completing a growth stage approximately every three days. By the V5 stage, corn plants have put on significant root mass, making it an ideal time to focus on plant nutrition and stress reduction to maximize yields. Let’s take a look at 4 early-season management strategies to support your developing crop and maximize your return per acre.
As I write this the last week of April, we still have a couple of nights of sub-freezing temperatures to deal with, but that doesn’t seem to be slowing down our agronomy locations that are now entering their busiest time of the year. Long days and short nights can be the norm this time of year for our agronomy division and our producer members as they work to get this year’s crop in the ground. This is a great reminder to please pay special attention over the next couple of months to farm machinery pulling in and out of the fields and wide loads coming around the next corner or over the next hill. Whether you are in your car on your way to work, or in the tractor moving to the next field, never assume the other person sees you. Slow down and be extra careful.