Are you’re considering switching some acres to conventional corn production? If you’ve only ever grown traited corn, then there are a few important factors to consider when selecting seed:
- learning more at corn hybrid properties and characteristics
- considerations around disease resistance
- common herbicide, fungicide and insecticides for conventional corn
- three major myths about growing conventional corn
But chances are you probably still have a few more questions on how to incorporate conventional corn acres to your operation.
Matching the right seed to the right fields is one of the biggest decisions farmers make.
So, putting some thought into which fields are the best specifically for conventional corn acres is something to consider.
Here are things to consider when you are selecting the best fields for conventional corn:
- Know your field history. If a field has a history of pest and disease pressure, it may need some extra management if you choose to put it in conventional corn. If in-ground pests are a concern, an in-furrow insecticide may be beneficial. If diseases have been known to pop up, scout often and be ready to apply a fungicide.
- Select fields where weed management isn’t a gamble. If you already know that weeds are going to be difficult in a field, it probably isn’t the optimum choice for conventional corn. There is a plethora of products you can use to combat weeds in conventional corn, but you will want to choose a burndown program that can give your corn enough time to get out ahead of the weeds.
- Balance your fertility plan. Don’t select fields that are going to further strap your fertility budget. To get the most profit out of your conventional corn, manage your fertilizer inputs for the yield expectation of the particular hybrid you’ve chosen.
- Know what’s planted (and sprayed) nearby. If you want to go a step further with your conventional corn production, there are non-GMO corn contracts that require precise isolation buffers along with other handling and segregation practices. If this is your scenario, select fields where you know or have some control over what will be planted in the fields around your conventional corn. Otherwise, let your neighbors know you’re planting conventional (or non-GMO) corn, and where, so you can ensure nothing is sprayed nearby that might cause crop damage.
- Rotation is key. In many geographies, planting corn-after-corn can be a gamble, as many corn diseases and insects can overwinter in corn residue. When possible, make every effort to grow conventional corn in rotation with other crops to lower your risk of yield loss due to pests.
Getting the most from your conventional corn crop requires a well-rounded plan that includes:
- Seed selection
- Field selection
- Crop management
Make sure you’re giving yourself the greatest opportunity for overall success with conventional corn acres by planning ahead and making deliberate choices about what hybrids you choose and where they are planted.
Up next, we detailed everything you need to know about growing conventional corn including: chemical plans, in-season pest management, harvest, and new potential grain markets in this helpful blog post.
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