Uneven Emergence in Corn

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Author(s) Paul R. Carter, Emerson D. Nafziger, Joe G. Lauer.

If soil conditions are not ideal at planting, corn may emerge unevenly. You might eventually get a full stand, but competition from the larger, early-emerging plants will decrease the yield of smaller, late-emerging plants. This publication will help you evaluate whether you'll gain more by protecting small plants, replanting stands, or filling in poor stands (6 pages; Revised in 2002).