There are farmers re-planting in the area because the corn is having trouble emerging due to a thick crust on the soil surface. Since this is our first year with the Blank Slate, we haven’t had much chance to remedy this problem by building good soil tilth and great soil structure. This weekend, I’ll be crossing my fingers a little bit. Here’s why.
It doesn’t look like a huge percentage of my stand is in jeopardy, but even a couple thousand plants per acre could really hurt my yields especially if they were in pockets throughout the field rather than evenly dispersed. You can see looking down the row that things are coming along. A weekend rain or even some moisture early next week could soften things up and make a big difference for me.
Fortunately, the rest of our fields look pretty good from what I can tell. We took advantage and did some spraying yesterday on fields that were further along and ones that still needed a PRE (soybeans that had yet to emerge). We just have a little bit of planting to do on a field where we don’t have drainage tile installed. Ironically, our neighbor just north of that field is getting tile done over the next few days.