Taking Stand Counts
- Take several sample counts to represent the field.
- Sample a length of row equal to 1/1000th of an acre.
- Measure off the distance appropriate for your row width, count the number of live plants and multiply by 1,000 to obtain an estimate of plants/acre.
When an injury event such as frost or hail occurs it is best to wait a few days to perform a stand assessment, as it will allow a better determination of whether or not plants will recover.
Stand counts should be taken randomly across the entire area of a field being considered for replant; this may include the entire field or a limited area where damage occurred. (photo above)
Growth of green tissue near the growing point indicates that this plant would have recovered. (photo above)
Soft translucent tissue near the growing point indicates that this plant will not recover. (photo above)