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Corn Planting Time In Kentucky #15990224 04/13/21
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A lot of corn is going in the ground right now as we're having some good planting weather. These pics are of the neighbor that rents my cropland. He ripped the ground last fall after soybean harvest, and then put anhydrous down, ran a harrow over it, and no tills the corn.
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Re: Corn Planting Time In Kentucky [Re: JamesJr] #15990264 04/13/21
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Interesting James, The soil looks red? I was told at Iowa State the redder the soil is the more organic matter it has.

Corn planting is a good two weeks away here in Iowa, except for for the high steppers.


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Richard, some our soil here is red clay based. This particular field is some of my most productive ground. I mostly posted this because I know you like those tractors........lol. My neighbor started out with JD tractors, but over the years has switched his big tractors and combine to red ones.

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James, what population does he plant the corn?

Jake likes 33,000, or so.


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Originally Posted by wabigoon
James, what population does he plant the corn?

Jake likes 33,000, or so.



Not sure, but I'll ask him sometimes. The trend is towards the higher populations, especially on good producing ground. I remember when I was farming, 20,000 was considered high, but that was in wide rows.

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James and wagigoon what do you consider average yields in your areas. Corn has been tried here ,didn't work out because of our short season. Some guys still plant it and turn their cattle out on it in winter.

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Fox, today, anything under 200 bushels is a short crop.


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With good weather, corn here will make 200 bushels plus on the good ground, and I'm guessing an average of 180-190 across the board. It just depends on the weather.

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My relatives in Iowa say around 200 bushels average. Planting here is around May 5 average. Durum, lentils, canola are the main crops.

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Canola has been tried here several times, but it has just never caught on. The wheat here is soft red winter, and is planted in the fall, harvested in June, and soybeans are no-tilled into the wheat stubble. It was hoped that canola could be substituted for wheat, giving farmers another option. I love to see it growing, as it's a pretty crop in the field.

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Canola is the mainstay of the northern grain belt. A lot of guys are wheat,barely, oats/ canola every second year. Soybeans have been tried here but didn't work out. In my area a lot of guys are canola,durum, lentils 1/3 of each year after year.

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Is that a stabilized nitrogen fertilizer? And is it the only nitrogen fertilizer applied for the corn?


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Boomer, as far as I know, anhydrous by itself is not stabilized, but a stabilizer can be added to it. My understanding is that a stabilizer is needed if it is applied in the fall or winter months, rather than just prior to planting. Anhydrous is the most widely used form of nitrogen here for corn, with liquid nitrogen being the next most. Dry fertilizer in the form of urea can also be used, but it's more expensive and subject to loss if not incorporated into the soil, either by water or by working it in.

I do not raise crops like corn anymore, so I'm probably not a very good person to ask. We spread dry fertilizer on hay and pasture land, and it contains nitrogen, but I do not believe any of it is stabilized.

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Thank you, James. I think those techniques are a pretty interesting alternative to regular spreading like we and most other farmers over here still use.


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Boomer, when I was farming, I used dry fertilizer on my corn. That was about 25 years ago. I would put starter fertilizer in the row, spread some more, and then after the corn was up, and maybe 6 inches tall, I would put urea on. I'd try and time it, and put it on right before a rain in order for it to go into the ground.

There's also a lot of chicken litter used here as fertilizer, and the local Amish and Mennonite dairy farms spread liquid manure on their crop fields. The smell is awful, but I guess they don't mind.

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Originally Posted by Boomer454
Thank you, James. I think those techniques are a pretty interesting alternative to regular spreading like we and most other farmers over here still use.

Planting here is one pass. Separate seed and fertilizer openers. Seed directly into last years stubble with about 10% soil disturbance. Most people heavy harrow wheat and canola stubble in the fall. Always interesting to hear the farming practices of different areas.

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Finished the anhydrous about a week ago and I plan to start planting corn next Wednesday. There's some corn in the ground already but I'm in no hurry, still early.

Seems like every couple years I bump up my population, last year I was at 33k, I'm thinking I might plant part of it at 34k this year. I have some ground that'll make 225 bu, and some hill ground that 175 is about all I can coax out of it. If I can average 200 bu farm wide I'm a happy guy.

Richard lives up there where the good ground is.


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Richard lives up there where the good ground is. [/quote]
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Jake sets the planter at 33,000 ;plus.


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Originally Posted by muleshoe
Richard lives up there where the good ground is.


I've heard that you can throw a grain of corn out on the ground anywhere in Iowa, and it'll make a bin full.

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