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Harvest Report: River-Bottom Corn Yields Push 220 Bushels

October 24, 2013
By: Nate Birt, Top Producer Deputy Managing Editor google + 

Yields for non-GMO corn are averaging between 220 and 225 bushels per acre on some of farmer Joe Zumwalt’s better ground in the Mississippi River bottoms. The non-GMO crop leaves Warsaw, Ill., and is shipped down the river for export to markets such as China and Japan.

"We were a little worried early," Zumwalt tells Farm Journal Radio’s Pam Fretwell. "It was wet and then, like everyone else, we got dry this summer. But with that lack of rain, that was about perfect for this type of soil, and we ended up with just some bumper crops on these acres."

Zumwalt draws on yield data dating back to 1988 coupled with digital soil maps compiled by the state of Illinois to maximize precision and profitability.

"You can really create a prescription for every acre," he says. "You know what you’ve taken off, you know what it’s capable of doing, and when you do that, you can better pinpoint and be more precise about your fertilizer applications. In the end, it comes down to economics as producers."

Click the play button below to hear more about harvest so far and the challenges presented at planting:

Click the play button below to watch Zumwalt unload corn on the go:

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COMMENTS (3 Comments)

Skibum4106 - Vicksburg, MI
This Web site is by Farm Journal which is supported by Sponsors. Sponsors are selling Fertilizer and GPS Products and Technology.. so of course they are trying to sell their products to help farmers grow larger crops.
A Farmer always has to determine what inputs applied at what rates to get the most profitable returns.
7:53 AM Oct 26th
It's bragging pure and simple.
I'd brag if I had a million in the bank and a trophy wife to
help me spend it.
7:51 PM Oct 25th
stovall cattle - park city, KY
Why would you tell your corn yeilds , just like telling what you have in the bank
6:15 AM Oct 25th



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