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Importance of Planting Depth in Corn

One of my biggest pet peeves when it comes to crop production is shallow planting. Adoption of no-till and strip till farming practices is on the increase. The biggest issue that comes with those practices is uneven planting depths. The importance of correct planting depth is sometimes over shadowed by the spacing. But, in my eyes, if the depth is not correct then spacing means nothing. Iowa State University says that optimum planting depths for corn should be 1.75 to 2.25 inches, with the optimum being 2.0 inches. I prefer 2.25 inches as the depth to shoot for. One should not see more then about a .25 inch variance either way when checking the planter across a field.
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