This commentary is based on a recent article written by Bob Neilson of the Agronomy Department at Purdue University entitled “To Plant or Not to Plant Corn: A Moot Question?” We have used local Ontario weather data in place of Indiana weather data to make the same points as Bob.
It was not too many years ago that May 1st was considered the right time to be planting corn. There have been a few years however during the last 5 or 6 where a lot of farmers are finished planting by the May 1st benchmark, and that has created a new expectation amongst many growers, particularly those with large numbers of acres to plant. So it’s quite fair to say that some corn growers are getting a little ‘antsy’ now that the calendar says April 25th and next to no acres of corn have been planted.
So let’s examine the question that gets asked every spring: “Is it OK to plant corn yet?”