2023 Corn Planting Guidance | April 5 Through April 9

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If you’re considering planting corn in the next couple of days take a look at the corn planting guidance linked below for various locations in Bertie County. Locations include Askewville, Colerain, Lewiston-Woodville, Merry Hill, Powellsville, Republican, Roxobel, and Windsor. For some locations, the GDU accumulation is falling below the recommended thresholds for effective germination following the approaching cool front.

Bertie Corn Planting Guidance (April 5 through April 9)

General corn planting considerations are summarized in the initial planting guidance article written on March 31 and can be found here:

Corn Planting Conditions and Considerations

Before heading to the field with the planter please check the upcoming weather forecast for your area. Ask yourself the following questions:

  1. Do I have the proper GDU accumulation for successful corn seed germination?
  2. How much precipitation is forecasted in the first 7 days after planting?
  3. Are you running pop-up or starter fertilizer on your planter? If so maybe you can have successful germination with the lesser recommended amount of GDU accumulation.
  4. What is your current soil temperature? If your soil temperature is below 50 ºF then you might not be doing yourself any favors by letting the planter hit the field right now.

If you want to get a report for a particular field or any area in North Carolina check out the link below for the NC Climate Office which will take you to the tool used to generate reports for your area. Enter your location in the first section and then click “Search”. Input your intended planting date in the second section. Under the third section select any years you’d like to compare the current year to and then click “Update”.

Online Tool: NC Climate Office Corn Planting Considerations (GDU Forecast)

Lastly, as a reminder, forecasts change so I recommend that you go to the online tool for updated forecasts and planting guidance. If you have questions please reach out to us at the N.C. Cooperative Extension, Bertie County Center at (252)794-5317.