Although it takes patience to wait until wet soils dry out before planting, remember that it is still early, and yield potential is not yet at risk from delayed planting. “While planting date responses vary among years and sites in our research, we can consider the planting date response to be flat for the month of April, with losses starting to pick up slowly in early May,” Nafziger said. He cautioned that the damage related to working or planting into soils that are too wet can more than offset the gains related to early planting.
“While we hope to get much of our crop planted by the end of April, what happens after planting remains a lot more important to the corn crop than the exact date we are able to plant,” he concluded. “We need look back only one year to see that early planting does not guarantee high yields.”