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U of M asks for farmers’ 2019 experiences with late planting

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A corn cob hangs in a water-covered cornfield Monday, Oct. 21, 2019, south of Mandan, N.D. Tom Stromme / Bismarck Tribune

The extremely wet conditions of 2019 in Minnesota led to planting delays and unprecedented levels of prevent plant acres.

Where planting delays continued late into the growing season, farmers needed to decide whether to plant a crop during or after the late planting date for crop insurance. Historical planting date information was helpful but limited for planting dates in June (corn for grain) and July (corn for silage and soybean), according to a news release.

University of Minnesota Extension is asking farmers to share their experiences from 2019 to help increase its knowledge base on the impacts of late planting and other weather-related factors on yield and grain moisture in corn and soybean. This information will be used to help fill knowledge gaps in the decision-making progress when the state faces a late-planting situation in the future. This information may also be used to help identify future research needs.

Information requested includes corn or soybean maturity, planting and harvest dates, yield, moisture, test weight, conditions at planting, and conditions following planting. Information is requested from as many fields as farmers wish to report on and planting dates ranging from the earliest to the latest planted crops. Results will be shared with researchers conducting a similar survey in Illinois and Ohio.

Those who planted corn or soybeans in Minnesota in 2019 may visit z.umn.edu/plantingdatesurvey for more details and to participate in the survey. Participation is voluntary and information provided will remain anonymous. The data will be collected until March 6.

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