Assessing Potential Damage to Corn and Soybean Crops

There is a possibility of frost occurring over Friday evening in the area. Bedford Farm Bureau Co-op advises you to check on your crops next week for response to these low temperatures. Channel has a few tips on how to ensure your corn and soybean crops survive these unexpected cold snaps.

  • Corn growth stage, air temperature, soil moisture, soil texture, and topography can influence potential cold injury to corn plants.
  • Frost with temperatures above 28° F may damage seedling leaf tissue without necessarily injuring the growing point.
  • Temperatures below 28° F may injure or kill the seedling growing point, even if the growing point is below the soil surface.
  • Growers should wait 3 to 5 days after a cold to check for plant damage
  • Soybeans respond differently to frost compared to corn, as the growing point is exposed to weather as soon as the cotyledons emerge.
  • Understanding the effects of weather conditions on soybeans at different growth stages can help determine the best management options.

Additional information has been provided by Channel via one of the PDF’s below:

CAA Frost and Cold Temperature Damage to Small Corn

CAA Frost and Cold Temperature Damage to Small Soybeans

Nitrogen Usage in Corn

high-boy_applicator-300x300With our new Prowler high­boy applicator, Bedford Farm Bureau is now able to apply nitrogen to your corn fields post­emergence. With corn prices down, the ability to more effectively manage nitrogen use in your fields can boost production and profitability. For more information on the benefit to managing your nitrogen applications, check out Channel’s how-to article.

Give us a call or stop in and ask us how we can help boost your yields!