The 2014 corn planting season is off to a slow start. Prolonged cool and wet weather has delayed planting and some growers are considering whether they need to switch corn hybrid maturities. This decision involves weighing the risk of planting full-season hybrids later than the ideal date against the risk of lower yields from shorter-season hybrids. As important as these risks are, it is equally important not to overlook the risk of planting into less than ideal soil conditions, regardless of hybrid maturity.
This article provides insight into the factors that should be considered before switching maturities as well as the approximate dates at which switching maturities makes economic sense.