Assessing Crop Development During Emergence

Channel Seedsman John Fabian discusses what he looks for when he assesses emergence in the field.

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Key Takeaways:

  • Five to seven days after planting is a good time to check the root systems and first emerging leaves and shoots of emerging seedlings.
  • Slice emerging seeds in half to make sure the center of the seed is crystal white in color. If yellow, brown, gray or black, additional action may be needed.
How has the ability to assess Crop Development during emergence provided benefit to your farm?

Within five to seven days after the planner has passed through the field, I like to go out, look at the seedlings and make sure that we have a root system starting to head down into the profile, and seeing if we're starting to see the first emerging leaves or shoots, just trying to push towards the surface of the Earth. So that is the first thing that you want to look at. If you take a few seeds out of the ground, it's a perfect opportunity to slice them in half and make sure that everything is a nice crystal, beautiful white color. Yellow is okay, but that could indicate early symptoms of herbicide injury or frost damage. Otherwise, if it's brown to gray to black, then you know that you're probably going to look at an aborted seed, and so you'll have to start evaluating the stand for what to do next and how to manage it correctly.

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