Blogging by the Bushel
With numerous challenges over the past several years for producers, we at Mercer Landmark understand the need for a comprehensive risk management solution. We seek to provide our customers with unparalleled service to ensure maximum results.

By~ Ryan Edwards

The previous summer was dry in 2016, with late August rains, causing some variability in grain production at harvest. Early varieties of corn had already begun to mature with rains providing later planted and full season varieties the most benefit with respect to grain fill. The variability in grain fill made grain moistures variable at harvest making it difficult get all of the grain in those areas that had matured early leading to some kernel loss.

Kernel loss and areas where the corn yields were less than desired due to either ear drop or lodging could lead to additional volunteer corn this spring. These areas should be monitored closely if planting soybeans due to the potential for yield loss and the undesirable visuals that volunteer corn have in a weed free soybean field. As little as 1 plant per square yard can affect yields 5-8% as well as attract additional insect pressure and compete for crop moisture and nutrition.

The proper herbicide program can manage volunteer corn with respect the herbicide traits of both your corn and soybean crop. For ways to manage volunteer corn in your soybeans please see your local Mercer Landmark representative for strategies to manage this “weed”.

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