As harvest wraps up and growers look back at the challenging 2017 growing season, there are a few lessons that can be learned. With the challenging spring, delayed planting, wet weather throughout the growing season, periods of stress, and then more wet weather during harvest, there were plenty of challenges to producing a crop.
Importance of timely spring field work
In many areas of the eastern Corn Belt there was a window of opportunity for planting around April 20th. Crops planted on or around this date got off to a successful start, more likely to survive the cold wet weather that would arrive about a week later. In some areas where crops weren’t planted weather created delays that kept equipment out of the fields for almost a month. The spring of 2017 reinforced the importance of being prepared to go to the field when conditions are favorable for seed germination and growth.