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Good planting practices5 November 2020

Optimum plant population is one of the keys to success. At planting, the goal is to achieve even emergence and minimum interplant competition. Good results are determined by the proper and efficient functioning of the planter. Monitor performance regularly throughout the planting process. Uniformity is enhanced by an even seedbed, meticulous plant spacing, planting depth, good contact with the soil, fertiliser placement and consistent soil moisture. Good contact between the seed, soil and moisture is a function of planting depth and the adjustment of the press wheel for optimal compaction. Optimal germination will take place at soil temperature between 18-30°C. Formation of a crust and clods are unfavourable.

A low planting speed of ±5.5 km/hour is essential to ensure uniformity. Avoid planting in wet soil as it may cause a smear action, resulting in a compaction layer. Management is very important. Regularly open rows and check spacing and depth of the seed.

Beware of crusting after heavy rainfall. Cultivate with a rotary hoe to break up crusts.

PAN 3R-224YHR is a new ultra early yellow hybrid that performs well under irrigation and high-potential dryland conditions. PAN 3R-224YHR contains Intrasect® Insect Protection technology (TC1507 X MON810 X NK603). This seed contains the Herculex® I Insect Protection gene that produces a Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) Cry1F protein and also contains the YIELDGARD® Corn Borer gene that produces a Bt Cry1Ab protein that provides protection or suppression against susceptible maize borers Busseola fusca and Chilo partellus. This product also contains the ROUNDUP READY® Maize 2 technology – gene cp4 epsps from Agrobacterium strain CP4. ROUNDUP READY® Maize 2 technology provides tolerance to registered glyphosate formulations.

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