The corn planted on March 22 is in the books. It fared roughly the same as most of the other corn on the farm and in the area in Fayette County. The clay ground and hills yielded very poorly, with some yields near or at zero, while the good black dirt produced yields ranging from 150 to 200 bushels. There were some problems with premature sprouting.
In hindsight, the 113-day corn planted in the field may have fared better if it had been a 108-day hybrid instead. But, overall, the March 22 corn finished in about the middle of the pack. Next year, the farmer will continue to push planting for his corn as early as possible.
On April 10, 2012 we reported on some of the first corn to come up in Ohio. It was planted on March 22, 2012 in Fayette County. We are going to follow that field along through to harvest. See the field’s complete progress from March 22nd up until now.