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Early-Season Weed Control

Written by Pioneer Sciences Researchers

Early weed control helps protect and maintain the maximum yield potential of the crop.  Weeds can reduce yield in corn as early as the V2 stage.  For soybeans, control is necessary from week four until canopy closure. Learn about why early control is necessary, the critical periods and what to do about.

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Delayed Corn Planting Considerations

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When rainfall significantly delays field and planting operations, switching to early maturity hybrids may be considered to ensure timely crop maturation. Results indicate that growers should plant full season hybrids until approximately May 26.   Switching to an early maturity hybrid prior to this point most likely will not be beneficial and may result in reduced profitability.

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Seedbed Preparation

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Seedbed preparation sets the stage for optimal growth and development throughout the growing season. As you prepare to plant, evaluate every field for soil moisture conditions. The simple “ribbon” test helps determine soil conditions and fitness for seedbed preparation.  This fact sheet reviews management decisions regarding when to begin seedbed preparation, how to minimize compaction and some tillage tips to help optimize plant stands and profitability.

 

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