Growers still planting corn next week should consider switching hybrids to a shorter maturity. “By the end of this week, it’s time to think about what’s left to plant, and what seed is  adapted to their area and in the next maturity,” suggests Chris Cook, vice president of field agronomy, Syngenta. “Then over the weekend, they may need to make the switch.”

While corn planting across the Midwest was still delayed mid-week, a stretch of nice weather would help a lot of growers finish up corn planting. “With any good weather, they will be done,” Cook says.

Growers not completed with planting and need to switch hybrids, Cook recommends looking for hybrids with plenty of insect protection built-in. He anticipates late-planted corn will be troubled more with insects like corn borer, corn rootworm and black cutworm. If the in-seed protection isn’t available, then scouting for early problems is a priority. Plenty of products like Syngenta’s Warrior are available for handling insects like black cutworm, he says.

Soybean planting isn’t as short on time, Cook says. “We are behind historical averages,” he says. “But I think with the moisture levels out there, we can pop in the beans and they will be out in a few days. Beans aren’t a concern to me right now.”