Growers Want Information on Corn Row Spacing, Plant Populations and Planter Setup

Name and Title:
Mark Licht, Field Specialist / Crops

Fiscal Year Submitted: 
FY10

POW Title and Number:
100 – Corn and Soybean Production and Protection

Title:
Growers Want Information on Corn Row Spacing, Plant Populations and Planter Setup

Issue:
Over the course of the last two years growers have been asking more and more questions regarding 20-inch row spacing, recommendations for planting populations and suggestions on planter setup. This is all in an effort to increase productivity and profitability. Additionally, this comes as seed companies are improving genetics and increasing seed costs.

What Did You Do?:
In response, I coordinated a field day to discuss these topics. This field day was timed as growers were preparing for harvest and would be evaluating hybrids and practices for the current year in preparation for making decision for the next year. Timing was perfect as Roger Elmore was wrapping up data collection on corn planting population trials throughout Iowa.

Results/Outcome:
In an effort to provide Iowa growers with current information on narrow row corn production and current planting rate guidelines a field day was held in August of 2009 near Sac City, Iowa. Guest speakers were Roger Elmore and Mark Hanna. Nearly 50 attendees from northwest Iowa participated in the event. Attendees came from as far away as Indianola, Panora, Jefferson, Turin, Whiting, Linn Grove, Paulina and Alton. The program was scheduled to last 2 hours and after 3 hours the speakers were able to leave.

Ray Leege, a farmer near Odebolt said, “I attended the program because I’m growing 20-inch corn and wanted to learn how to fine-tune my system. Because of the program I increased my corn seeding rate, but not as high as industry had suggested.”

2010

100 – Corn and Soybean Production and Protection

 

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