It has been a little while since I got to blog, mostly due to the fact the it is prime planting time and for someone that sells seed this is quite a busy time to say the least. Driving around dropping off seed to customers and putting in test plots takes up quite a bit of time. While putting in a test plot last week I thought it was the perfect opportunity to start a series of what all phases a corn seed goes through from start to finish and all the different things applied to it to help it grow.
Many people have preconceived ideas about certain companies forcing people to do certain things and farmers just spray chemicals on seed all year round. Why not show exactly what DOES happen to a corn seed? Now granted this may not be what all farmers practice but I have chosen one of my customers and you will get a first hand look at what all is applied and why!
First they work the ground to make sure it is all nice and smooth and the big clumps of dirt are broken up. It also helps with weed control by ripping up the weeds and killing them. Now like stated not all farmers work ground. Many farmers practice no-till in which they don't work the ground.
You will also notice that there are 2 different colors of seed. There are green and some small amounts of purple. The purple seed is what we call refuge seed. Refuge seed is not genetically modified with Bt traits which are the insect protection. The purpose of the refuge is prevent pests from becoming resistant to the technology.
Stay tuned to watch the different stages of growth and to see what gets applied to help this corn grow.