LATE PLANTING CALLS FOR
The impact of cold soil and late planting on early crop development.
Planting crops into cold soil can lead to delayed germination, inconsistent stand development and reduced crop vigor. This is primarily because essential nutrients become unavailable and root development is diminished. This reduction in nutrient availability occurs because soil-microbial activity and nutrient mobility are significantly lowered in cold soil.
Root development is also severely impacted due to reduced water absorption and slowed metabolic activity. As a result, roots become shorter and thicker, and lateral root formation (branching) decreases. Poor root development restricts uptake of key micronutrients from the soil, exacerbating the detrimental effects of cold soils on early crop establishment, ultimately leading to yield reductions.
If you are seeding into these suboptimal conditions and you are applying a liquid starter, you may want to consider tank mixing with a liquid micronutrient product like TerraDrive™. By combining the micronutrients with an auxin, TerraDrive promotes root growth allowing the crop to more effectively find and absorb water and nutrients in the soil to drive growth and yield. If you aren't applying a liquid starter at planting, TerraDrive can also be applied as a foliar fertilizer at herbicide timing.