Blogging by the Bushel
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By: Brad Miller

As many people have the corn planted and are just starting on soybeans,  I get asked how long it should take for the corn to emerge.   Corn requires 100-120 GDUs from planting to emergence and 140 GDUs for soybeans.   To figure the GDUs take the  Daily High Temp (  50 degrees or above but not to exceed 86 degree) + Daily Low Temp (  if temp goes below 50 then use 50) Take the sum and divide by 2.  Then take this number and subtract 50 from it.

[(DHT + DLT) / 2]  – 50 = Daily GDU

I am also getting questions on the large size of soybean seed this year.  The seed is larger this year as a result of high yields in production fields and rains during August.   Be sure and check with your implement dealer to check on what settings you need.   Also be sure and use adequate amounts of graphite or a flowability agent.  Mercer does have a flowability agent From Bayer that is less dusty and safer for the bees.  See your local Mercer Landmark representative for more information.

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