C: Pioneer Hybrid or variety genetics impact how well or poorly the seed or seedling will grow in less-than-optimal conditions. “Hybrid genetics provide the basis for tolerance to cold stress,” according to Pioneer research. “High seed quality helps ensure that the seed will perform up to its genetic ability.” Both what’s within the seed’s DNA, and how it’s treated after harvest impacts it ability to overcome challenging planting conditions. Mechanical damage, inappropriate storage conditions and conditions from the season it was grown can all impact your seed’s success. Check out soybean growing and seed conditions here and corn conditions here.
C: Pioneer Here’s what Pioneer research says you need to know about corn emergence:
- Germination and emergence are optimal when soil temperature is 85 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit
- Corn is particularly susceptible to cold stress during imbibition and warm, moist soils during the first 48 hours after planting can mitigate that stress
- Lighter soils put corn at a greater risk of stress from cool temperatures
- High levels of residue can slow soil warming and GDU accumulation needed for emergence
C: Pioneer Cold water, just like cold temperatures can impact seedlings. Pioneer advises farmers to dig and scout for abnormalities such as corkscrews or fused coleoptiles in corn.