Corn School: Turning Agronomic Insight Into Yield Results

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With corn planting just around the corner, it’s time to take stock of agronomic advice we learned this winter and take it to the field.

In this episode of Real Agriculture Corn School, Bernard Tobin and Pride Seeds market agronomist Aaron Stevanus review research findings and agronomic management insights that emerged during the winter meeting season. A big part of the conversation was the positive yield impact of even plant emergence within the field. Real Agriculture agronomist Peter Johnson even conducted his own flag test to test the theory.

Stevanus says even emergence really comes down to planter set-up and how the machine is maintained. He offers tips on correct planter down force and how to use gauge wheels to determine whether your planter is running too heavy or too light. He also discusses how keeping an eye on the toolbar can help you determine whether you need to adjust down force.

Split nitrogen application also generated much discussion on the winter meeting circuit. Stevanus explains how the 2016 dry growing conditions took some of the shine off split N applications, but different weather this year will likely change the narrative and could see growers gain the 10 to 15 bushel advantage on 200 bushel-per-acre corn they experienced in 2015.

Stevanus also discusses what we know about western bean cutworm, what we still need to learn, and new products to help manage the pest.

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