Farmers are prioritizing fields at harvest. Stalk and ear shank integrity are the most important factors to keep corn standing in fields, according to Dekalb Asgrow Technical Agronomist Eric Nelson. “As growers think about what hybrids to leave in the field, they can consider stalk integrity. Which hybrids have stalks that lend themselves the best for staying in the field as long as possible?” Nelson says corn progress is relatively even across maturities. “There doesn’t seem to be a big maturity gap from the early hybrids in the plot to the late hybrids in the plot. They were planted the same day, but there’s not a lot of gap from the least mature to the most mature right now.”
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