- Published on June 29, 2016
There has been a lot of talk and several articles over the last few weeks concerning the uneven corn, especially in the areas where crops were not planted last year. What gets me is after talking to an independent agronomist yesterday, no one really seems to know what the cause is. Here are a few of the ideas going around:
(1) Some think it was because the soil mycorrhiza didn’t have the proper host last summer due to bare ground. (Even where there were a lot of weeds that were allowed to grow.)
(2) Some think it was because we had such a mild winter—that the freezing and thawing did not get rid of some shallow compaction.
(3) Others think it was because some growers cut fertility programs to save on costs this spring.
(4) Still others think it was just a function of the cooler, wetter spell after such good planting conditions and early corn planting.