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No matter when a grower decides to plant there will always be risk involved. Is it risky to plant into cold soil conditions? Yes. Is it risky to plant corn late in the season? Yes. Will the crop achieve a better stand if there is no stress? Yes, but many factors affect the amount and timing of environmental stress.
Determining the greatest risks are judgement calls that vary from one grower to the next. Variables to consider:
These factors could impact each operation differently. However, certain facts relating to corn planting and management must be taken into consideration when deciding to plant into less than ideal conditions.
We cannot predict the future to assure a perfect stand, but we can analyze conditions and assess risks to help in determining the best planting options.
1 Thomison, P., Paul, P., and Hammond, R. 2013. Corn planting nearing completion—time to troubleshoot emergence problems. The Ohio State University Extension. C.O.R.N. Newsletter. http://corn.osu.edu/
2 Nafziger, E. 2015. Planting into cool soils—yes or no? University of Illinois. The Bulletin. http://bulletin.ipm.illinois.edu/?p=3068
Web sources verified: 4/23/15.