Crops: CROP SCENE INVESTIGATION – 13: What set back two rows in William’s corn?


I’m a big advocate of field scouting and figure you’ll always learn something by walking your fields. On rare occasions, you might come across something that challenges even the most experienced agronomist.

William, a Brant County grower, offered me a real brain teaser when he called last June. On a walk-through to evaluate the need for a re-spray in his six-leaf corn, he came upon a section of plants which were set back compared to the rest of the crop. “This is really strange, but there are two rows that look delayed,” said William. “It’s nothing major, but I’m wondering what might cause something like this.”

Better Farming - November 2008