Be mindful of crop stages before herbicide application
An agronomist cautions growers to be mindful of crop stages when applying herbicides by scouting their fields first, especially in a year like this year. Jody Foutch is with Dekalb/Asgrow in northeast Missouri. He tells Brownfield Ag News, “Early planted corn is a little bit shorter than you would expect because of the cool conditions early and those inner nodes stacking up so it might be a little bit shorter than it’s growth stage would lead you to think. Or, even late planted corn is going to be a little bit taller than you would expect so it might be a little bit shorter than what it’s growth stage would lead you to think.”
Foutch says growers need to be aware of growth stages, “One of the key growth stages for corn is right around V6 and that’s when that plants determining the number of rows of kernels, so, any additional stress on that plant during that time could be detrimental.”
Foutch says the 2020 planting season has been so spread out with so many weather variables which means different sizes of the crop even within the same field.
Interview with Jody Foutch about early season herbicides, N, fungicides below