Planting depth and tillage interactions on corn emergence

Satish C Gupta, E. C. Schneider, J. B. Swan

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Deep planting (75 mm) delayed emergence from 2.8 to 18 d as the soil temperatures decreased from ranges of 15 to 25°C and 5 to 15°C. Seed zone growing degree days (GDD) needed to achieve 75% emergence increased with an increase in planting depth and a decrease in soil matric potential. Relationships of corn emergence vs. seed zone GDD needed to achieve 75% corn emergence at various planting depths were tested in the field for three planting depths, three tillage and three surface residue conditions during 1984 and 1985. Simulation studies were conducted to predict the effects of tillage, planting depth, and planting date on the probability of obtaining 75% corn emergence within 14 d of planting. Study results are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1122-1127
Number of pages6
JournalSoil Science Society of America Journal
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1988


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