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11 Fool-proof Ways to Get a Greater Corn Yield (and better profits!)

  1. Research the potential and history of productivity for your field and soil type.

  2. Choose a good hybrid that is high-yielding, and has a good history of production in many places for many years. These should have high ratings for stalk rot diseases and foliar (this is important when you plant without tilling or with little tillage, after corn). If your area might have rootworms, get a hybrid that is rootworm resistant.

  3. Use best management practices to control pests and weeds.

  4. Finish planting before May 10. For dry soil, plant earlier, but don’t plant on soil that is poorly drained. Late planters (centrail Ohio plants after May 25) should utilize borer resistent hybrids.

  5. Do things that make stand establishment better. Change how deep you plant a seed depending on the condition of the soil. Keep an eye on the depth of the plant as it matures, and make sure to change its depth if its more suitable for the soil type. As it grows, see that all of its parts are growing well. Fix the platers to make stand establishment better. When using a planter, drive a at a speed that puts seeds in an ideal placement. Having sprouts emerge at the same time is important. If a plant pops up late, it can’t compete with plants that are already bigger.

  6. Change the seeding rates every field. If a soil is particularly productive (175 bu/ acre or more), you need 32,000 -33,000 plants to maximize your yield. You can ask the seed company for what the best planting rates are for your hybrid.

  7. Get the best rate for nitrogen. When applying the nitrogen, apply it so that it will destroy N (incorporation or injection, consider such hight-risk stabilizers).

  8. Test the soil so that you can get a grasp on pH, which will helofphosphorous (P) and potassium (K). High P and K levels can be very bad if overused. If the soil tests high for these, they don’t require more fertilization.

  9. Only till when you have to and when the soil conditions are good. Don’t ever till deeply unless you find a compacted zones and the soil is very dry (late summer).

  10. Rotate your crops. If you plant corn a year after you plant soybeans, your yield will raise 10-15% over corn grown after crown.

  11. Watch your field and deal with issues that may limit your yield as they come up.

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