1. Remember the importance of soil sampling. Don’t ignore deficiencies or toxicity problems. Both will cost you yield and profit. This will be more of a problem where growers are renting new land and may not know much of the rotation or fertility history.
2. If you grow Georgia-12Y, realize and remember that it is susceptible to Rhizoctonia Limb Rot. Adjust fungicide programs accordingly.
3. Be ready to diagnose germination issues: Consider saving about a pound of seed out of each lot you plant. The sample can be used later to help diagnose potential germination issues. The samples will need to be kept in a cool place until plants stands are assessed. After stands are assessed, the samples can be used for germination tests or properly discarded.
4. Don’t plant in April until the 4-inch soil temperatures reach 68 degrees for 3 to 4 consecutive days with no severe cool snaps expected within 5 days.
5. Clean and calibrate in-furrow equipment for inoculants and insecticides ahead of planting and keep a check on them as you progress through the planting season.