Seed industry leaders expect corn replant rates to reach historic levels this year. 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 replant demand. Spring rains were far too abundant, leaving fields across the Midwest flooded out and chilled.
Plants are struggling to emerge. According to multiple seed companies, the areas with the most replant demand so far are Arkansas, Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, Iowa, Kentucky, Missouri and parts of the Great Lakes states. 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.