Residue Management has become a necessary part of today’s operation to maximize profitability. Tougher stalks and more corn on corn acres mean that we all have a heavy load of residue that must be controlled.
Residue affects many aspects of your operation.
- Soil moisture and temperature – The amount of residue can affect the moisture and how quickly your soil temperature warms up in the spring. The capture and maintaining of moisture can be a positive, but also create challenges when preparing to plant.
- Disease and Fungi presence – Plant debris can harbor fungi and diseases that can harm young seedlings. This is why row cleaners must remove residue from the seed row.
Lasting effect. This is a picture of corn planted in bean stubble in a corn/soybean rotation. See the corn stalks from season prior still present.
Residue Management is important in all applications.