All farmers try to take advantage of early good conditions to try and plant early. Many farmers calculate the risk of replanting and take the gamble that they are comfortable with. A late spring frost could wreck havoc on the corn plant if the growing point was impacted.
What makes 2012 different is that a global tight supply of corn seed has made replanting impossible. Many farmers have been already been told that getting ten more bags to top up the planter is not possible never mind replanting. Much of this has to do with a combination of a poor South American contra season yield for seed production and strong corn seed demand based on speculation of 96 million US corn acres.
This spring it is incredibly important to make sure that you factor this corn seed shortage into your planting start date. This tight corn seed supply is not a marketing gimmick, it is real so please don’t just assume you will be able to get seed to replant. The fact is that if you do have to replant corn you will likely be seeding some ten year old conventional variety or switching to soybeans. The good is that soybeans are a pretty profitable crop this year. Happy planting!!!