Here we are no tilling, into a killed cover crop, a CROP CHOICE fertilizer plot on April 25. Notice the dark clouds to the west? We did have a shower and had to quit for the day right after we got done with the plot. We finished the field the next day. This is going to be an interesting comparison. We used 9-18-9-1 as the base starter, then added zinc, then SUGAR E-BOOST, and then Max 27 SRN. There can be an allelopathic effect from the cereal rye, when planting corn into that cover crop. Having a good starter program with extra nitrogen should help the corn get off to a good start, not having to deal with the effect from the cereal rye. This plot should give us a good idea of how our program works.
I will be following this plot the entire season, so check back to check on its progress.
By the way, it has started raining this morning, and the forecast for the rest of the week here in Central Missouri is for 2.5 to 5 inches of rain. Field work has again come to a halt. It has been an interesting year, to say the least. A lot of corn got planted last week, now we have to deal with heavy rains on those freshly planted fields. As it dries out and corn starts to emerge, take time to evaluate stands carefully before making any replant decisions.
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