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Corn Planting Time?

Posted by romeethredge on February 20, 2015

There’s been some sweet corn put in the ground but no field corn that I’ve heard of.

At our corn meeting this week , Dr. Dewey Lee, UGA grains scientist,  said we need the 2 inch soil temperature to be above 55 degrees for at least 3 days and no real cold temperatures in the forecast.

In looking at our weather station data in Donalsonville, I see that the 2 inch soil temperature right now (Friday, 3 pm, 2-20-15), is 54.6 degrees F, but let’s look at the daily averages for the past few days, on Yesterday the average 2 inch soil temperature was 46.7. Two days ago it was 48.2 and before that 53.3, and four days ago it was 55 degrees.

So we are going backwards in terms of soil temperature with the record cold we are experiencing. Hopefully soon we’ll get some soil warming but the best thing to do now is to leave the seed in the bag.



5 Responses to “Corn Planting Time?”

  1. Steve said

    What have been your over night lows for the past few days?

  2. […] You can get soil temperature values from the Georgia Automated Environmental Monitoring Network at  With the repeated cold outbreaks we have seen coming through the state in the past few weeks and the likelihood that they will continue for the next couple of weeks, even with some projected warming in southern Georgia, Rome says it is probably best to keep the seed in the bags for now.  You can read his blog at […]

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