The 2019 planting season was severely delayed across much of the Corn Belt. Most of the corn crop in Illinois was not planted until after June 3rd.
Farmers are asking for guidance around when they should consider switching to an earlier relative maturity (RM) hybrid to mitigate the risk of a killing frost before the corn crop could mature.
|Location||Monmouth, IL||Planting Date||6/3/19, 6/11/19|
|Soil Type||Silt Loam||Harvest Date||10/28/19|
|Previous Crop||Soybean||Potential Yield (bu/acre)||250|
|Tillage Type||Conventional||Seeding Rate (seeds/acre||36K|
Corn products that were earlier in maturity than the typical RM range for the area (105- to 115-day RM) did not yield or return well compared to the corn products that fit the area in a ‘normal’ growing season.
These results suggest that while switching from late-maturing to earlier-maturing hybrids may be justified by the 2nd week in June, farmers should still consider staying with a RM that fits their geography.
Growing conditions are highly variable form year to year. Consult your local Technical Agronomist or Field Sales Representative for specific recommendations for your farm.