Planting Conditions for Corn Improving

It’s no secret that corn planting is behind normal, and certainly behind last year. Aaron Alexander, Field Agronomist with DuPont Pioneer in North Carolina and Virginia says things are getting ramped up fast:

“We are a little behind, compared to last year some people had all of their corn in by this point. We are playing catch up. Most people started full time planting this weekend or even today. But with the equipment we have these days we can catch up very quickly.”

Alexander describes some of the plots he has planned for the two states:

“I have test plots going in both North Carolina and Virginia. Right now we are in Fairmont, NC looking at some insecticides. I also have my regular product knowledge test plots going on up in Virginia as well as here in North Carolina.”

Alexander has a few hundred acres in test plots in both states:

“Its about 200-300 acres across the two states. Each plot covers about 10-12 acres.”

When it comes to planting corn late, Alexander says it’s better to plant late than plant in poor conditions:

“Right now, farmers just need to make sure that if we do get another cold or wet spell to hold off until everything is good to go. The most important thing that we can focus on right now is getting a good even stand. We don’t want risk putting it out there in cold wet soil. So if those conditions come back its important to wait it out.”

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Field Agronomist with DuPont Pioneer in Virginia and North Carolina, Aaron Alexander. is dedicated to serving the agricultural industry in the Carolinas and Virginia with the latest ag news, exclusive regional weather station readings, and key crop market information. The website is a companion of the Southern Farm Network, provider of daily agricultural radio programming to the Carolinas since 1974. presents radio programs, interviews and news relevant to crop and livestock production and research throughout the mid-Atlantic agricultural community.