Early-Season Stress in Corn

The recommended corn planting dates in the central Corn Belt are mid-April through early May, and in northern areas, early through mid-May. Get information to help you understand early-season stress in corn and how to manage early-planting risks.

Part 1: Understanding Early-Season Stress in Corn

Part 2: Efforts to Reduce Early-Season Stress in Corn

Soil Temperature and Corn Emergence
Early-season planting typically puts stress on corn seedlings. Read about how to mitigate these stresses when planting in challenging environments.

Early-Planted Corn Emergence Trials
Read about early-planting risks and steps to take to help achieve a productive corn stand.

Reducing Early-Season Stress - Summary
Find a summary of how frost and flooding damage seedlings and management tips to reduce early-season stress.


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