Visiting with farmers this spring, I am hearing more emphasis placed on cover crop residue and in-row subsoiling. We know each of these can be important management practices for corn planting on the coastal plain soils. Locally, farmers continue to develop the tools which will build their confidence in leaving larger amounts of crop residue on the soil surface. Extensive research has documented improvements in rooting depth, plant water, and yield benefits from subsoiling.
This video is a ride-along with Lee Peanut Farm in Madison, FL. The day I visited they were just getting started with corn planting, using their newly designed 16 row planter with in-row subsoiling.