Seed industry leaders are expecting corn replant rates this year to reach historic levels. Ryan Parkin of Beck’s Hybrids told DTN-The Progressive Farmer “this will be a historic replant year, particularly for corn.” Many seed companies say the year ranks first or second in company history for replanting demand. Spring rains were far too abundant, leaving fields across the Midwest flooded out and chilled, and plants struggling to emerge. The areas with the most replant demand so far are Arkansas, Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, Missouri and parts of the Great Lakes states, Iowa and Kentucky, according to multiple seed companies. Some farmers are even calling seed dealers for their second replant of the year, after flooded fields in parts of Illinois and Indiana were hit by another ill-timed mid-May storm.
From the National Association of Farm Broadcasting News Service.