Hybrid seed corn is so common today we hardly think about it. In fact, more than 95 percent of corn planted today is hybrid corn. Thanks to the history of hybrid seed corn, today’s farmers are able to produce 20 percent more corn on 25 percent fewer acres than they did a century ago.
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Uniformity is a key factor when it comes to high corn yields. Unfortunately, this is not always achievable during germination, emergence and nodal root formation.
The late harvest combined with the current extreme weather patterns makes preseason nutrient management a challenge but what farmer isn’t up for a good challenge? Rainy weather in the fall meant it was more difficult for ammonia to be applied. Even if it was applied, chances are great that the soil it was applied on was wet.
While some farmers and others in the Ag industry disagree on when robots will become a major player in the day-to-day operations of farms, the fact is that the day is coming. And sooner than many expect.
As we prepare for the New Year, it is always good to look ahead to see what some crop production issues and challenges farmers may face in 2019. As happens every year, there will likely be some good, some bad and some in-between. There also will likely be some challenges no one saw coming.
The annual corn crop average in the U.S. is 175 bu. per acre. This is noteworthy in light of the fact that premium-quality seed corn has the potential to produce approximately 500 bu. per acre. So why the disparity?
Corn producers are already planning for next year and now is the time when many seed companies are offering hybrids at discounted prices.
A record soybean harvest and trade disputes with China may result in storage challenges for soybean producers. While storing soybeans can be trying even under ideal conditions, things may get even more unpredictable this year.
One of the most important farm management practices is scouting fields. While some farmers may hire a commercial scouting service, farmers should perform at least some scouting on their own so they can see for themselves how their crops are performing.
There are decided advantages to fall fertilizer application. It reduces the workload from the spring to fall and seed operations can be dramatically improved. It also helps to reduce fertilizer handling when seeding. There is a financial benefit, as well, since fertilizer prices are usually lower in the fall.