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  • It is hard to believe, but corn planting is just around the corner.  The relatively dry winter has allowed farmers to get a lot more field work done than has occurred in many years.

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  • It is hard to believe, but corn planting is just around the corner. The relatively dry winter has allowed farmers to get a lot more field work done than has occurred in many years. This is a big advantage because it means that they won’t have to get it all done in the normally short time that mother nature allows during the corn planting season. If farmers do manage to get corn planted at the right time, it will be the first time that has happened in five years. Getting corn planted and up and growing is a very critical part of a successful season. Hopefully mother nature will cooperate.
    Corn will germinate when the soil temperature is as low as 45 degrees F. Germination at 45 degrees does not mean the plant will be rapidly growing. In fact, at that temperature, growth is extremely slow. The minimum soil temperature for significant growth in corn is about 55 degrees F. The optimum temperature for germination for corn is 60 degrees F and the optimum temperature for growth in corn is around 80 degrees F.
    This information shows that can corn can contend with some fairly cool temperatures. The problem with planting too early is that even though the corn may germinate, that doesn’t mean it will take off and grow. If we knew what the weather was going to do, it would be really easy to do the right thing, but not even the weatherman knows what the weather is going to do. I think that the prime time for planting is March 25 through April 10. Corn planted before this might be okay and corn planted after this time might be okay as well. However, I think this is the planting window for optimum corn production. Only time will tell how this season plays out.
    Private Applicators Certification Test Session
    This private applicators certification is necessary in order to buy restricted use agricultural pesticides. This session is for those who have never been certified and for those whose certification has been expired for more than a year. This session will be held on the evening of Wednesday, February 22 beginning at 6:30 p.m. It will be held in the Extension meeting room, which is located at 120 East Buffalo in Girard. There is a fee of $25 for this certification. It must be paid by check and be made payable to the Kansas Department of Agriculture, so be sure to bring your check book. The test is open book and takes two to three hours for completion. Please call at 724-8233 if you wish to attend.
    Agronomy Institute
    This meeting is scheduled for Thursday, February 23, and will be held at the Southeast Ag Research Station headquarters located at north 22nd and Pefley in Parsons. The meeting will begin with registration and coffee at 10:00 a.m. with the meeting beginning at 10:30 a.m.
    Page 2 of 2 - Topics for the meeting will include a row crop update, the economic and agronomic value of poultry litter, phosphorous, micronutrients and foliar fertilization.
    There is a registration fee for the meeting which will cover the cost of the meal.
    The cost is ten dollars if you pre-register by calling 620-724-8233 by February 22 or a fifteen dollar fee if you pay at the door on the day of the meeting.
    This meeting is being sponsored by the Wildcat Extension District which includes Crawford, Labette and Montgomery counties.

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