CHENOA – Many consider this year’s planting progress to be exceptional in Central Illinois, but there are still some factors to watch out for when scouting fields.
Those first planted fields back in April may have experienced wet soil early on which means the seed was more prone to lying in an open slot which later dries out.
“That has caused some issues in stand in those wet spots but most of the rest of the issues are more related to it being too dry,” explained Dale Atkins of Atkins Seed Service.
Some areas are experiencing delayed emergence as the seeds are waiting for moisture. According to Atkins, if a soybean seed is dry but looks the same as when you planted, all you need is some rain and those beans will come up. However, with corn, late plants will lack yield potential and even emergence.
“If you find that they have sprouted and then that sprout has dried up, that area is going to need to have the population calculated and there could be some areas that have to replant at a greater depth,” Atkins noted.
There are new Pioneer seed varieties out this year, which includes a new 110-day corn hybrid with an expanding soybean lineup. Atkins said the new Pioneer A-Series Liberty-resistant soybeans have significant yield potential. Atkins Seed Service has area plots for farmers to check out.
To reach Atkins Seed Service, call 815-945-5113. The business is located between Fairbury and Chenoa at the intersection of the Weston Blacktop and Route 24 in McLean County.