The possibility of cool, wet soil conditions going into spring planting means an increased chance of seedling diseases. FMC Technical Service Manager Ryan Hunt recommends starting with a good seed treatment. “With wet soils and seeds sitting in the ground extra long, there’s more time for pathogens to come in,” says Hunt. “Farmers should start with a solid seed treatment and also, some in-furrow protection.” Hunt says the goal is to get that seedling up and out of the ground as quickly as possible. “For a corn plant, 150 bushels are made by the five-leaf stage. You want them as healthy as they can be early.”
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