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Corn planting starts but soil temperatures slow germination

Wayne Flanary, regional agronomists

Soil temperature data at Graves Chapple Demonstration Farm and Hundley-Whaley Farm weather stations have been in the mid-40s. Early planted corn will be slow to emerge at these temperatures.

Growing degree days (GDDs) base 50, which is used to measure how fast corn grows, has accumulated about 78 degree days at Graves Chapple and 62 at Hundley-Whaley.Corn requires about 110 GDDs to emerge but can range

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