Weather conditions this past week (April 13-17) kicked off corn planting for many farmers throughout the state. As soil temperatures rose above 50°F towards the end of the week, farmers were able to dive into fieldwork and planting corn.
See statewide planting progress and field conditions across Iowa here.
Below, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach specialists provide recommendations and best practices going into the planting season:
Seeding Depth and Planting Conditions
Tillage, Erosion, and Residue Management
- Protect Your Investment by Eliminating Tillage and Keeping Residue
- Managing Residue for a Good Stand
- Soil Health Benefits for Sustaining Crop Production
Anhydrous Ammonia and Planting
Herbicides and Drift
- Cool Temperatures and Burndown Herbicides
- Spray Drift Potential Increases During Warm Weather Applications
Insects and Pests