Jun28TueJune 28, 2016
Planting and harvesting a crop is not all that takes place during a growing season; that is just the beginning and ending of a long, complex chain of events. Just as with the saying “you can’t judge a book by its cover”, it is what happens during the dog-days of summer that determines success or failure of a crop.
Knowing what stage of growth your crop is in and how any stress (whether biotic or abiotic) can ultimately affect final yield is essential. Generally speaking, once a bag of seed is opened (especially cotton and soybeans), maximum genetic potential begins to decline. Factor in such environmental events such as wind, hail, frost, weed pressure, disease, etc. and you will realize a rapid decline in plant productivity.
See the recent articles below discussing stage of corn growth and the effects of environmental stress.
- Tommy Roach, Director of Specialty Products & Product Development