Assess frost injury, crop recovery

June 1, 2021 10:51 AM
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Frost injury occurred Saturday May 29 across much of the area.  Radiational frost occurs when leaf temperatures actually reach lower temperatures than nearby recorded air temperatures.


Frost has occurred

            - along field edges - especially corn fields

            - low areas

            - no -till soybean fields - where crop residue insulated soybean plants from soil warmth           

corn crop recovery can be expected

            - most corn is in the V3- V4 development stage. 

            - the growing point is above ground level at the V6 stage

            - however, frost does some strange things and corn can be killed at the developmental stages that precede the V6 stage.

            - frosted leaves/dead leaf tissue will cause plants to wrap and therefore reduce the rate of recovery

            - look for new white roots and new leaf tissue

soybean recovery

            - frost injury to soybeans is obvious after 3-4 days.

            - soybean plants with green cotyledons/seed leaves may recover

            - there are two growing points at the axils of the cotyledons

            - new growth should be evident at the cotyledon leaf axils 5-6 days after the frost event

herbicide application

            - consider delaying herbicide application until one new corn or soybean leaf develops -if frost injury has affected a large proportion of the field.

            -  However, crop safety of the group 27/HPPD herbicides should not pose a major crop injury potential.

replant considerations.

            - consider replant if corn populations are less than 20,000 plants/acre.

            - consider replant if soybean populations are less than 60,000 plants/acre


​​​​injury to corn from frost in Clay county Iowa


injury to soybean from frost in Clay county Iowa