Soil Critters, Challenged Corn, Replanted Areas

Standing water and freezing temperatures really put the hurt to some early planted corn. Pest managers have been finding a multitude of critters in the soil, some causing the final death-blow, some feeding on the decaying seedlings. The main question has been, “does one need to protect the replanted corn?” Because of the warmer soil temperatures, and the development of the assortment of grubs, wireworms, and maggots being found, measures beyond a low-rate of a seed-applied insecticide should not be necessary. The insects have now progressed, so they aren’t a threat. Too, replanted corn will “pop out” of the ground with the warm temperatures giving remaining pests little time to cause damage. Happy Scouting!

 

Challenged corn seedling.

Challenged corn seedling.

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