When is the best time to plant field corn?

May 18, 2009 Print Friendly and PDF
The optimum planting date varies by latitude in the Corn Belt. Optimum planting dates are generally April 15 in the southern Corn Belt to May 7 in the north. In general, begin planting as early as soil conditions allow (about two weeks earlier) after April 1 in the southern Corn Belt and April 30 in the northern Corn Belt. Check with your insurance company to ensure that you have coverage when planting early.

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This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, New Technologies for Ag Extension project.