Verified FBN Member (AB, CAN)
Agronomy

Has anyone had any trouble with uneven germination in your corn fields?

We have a feedlot and so we are dealing with a lot of manure some gets spread post harvest and some pre planting and our corn has been going on manured land.

Where the corn came up it’s taller that anyone’s but it’s really patchy.

We are wondering if it’s a tillage issue or A uneven spread issue or a combination.

Looking for some wisdom on tillage tools and how to get a good seedbed with spreading 40 ton an acre of manure.

Verified FBN Member (MN)

I use a lot of chicken manure for my corn, and the unevenness of the corn is I am sure a combo of compaction and uneven spread pattern. I use a disc ripper on the spreader (roads) at a minimum. With 40 tons an acre personally I would rip the entire field. In my case A bad Spread pattern can be caused by, driving too fast, bad flails on the spreader, and trying to spread too wide of a pattern. We have a pretty new Kuhn Night PSC spreader and have found that spreading narrower than what the sales rep said to do has work very well. And spread as much as you can in the fall before freeze up that helps compaction issues you can't fix as well in the spring.

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