Harvest Report: Corn Yields Soar on Wisconsin Farm

November 14, 2013 11:00 PM
 
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Despite a somewhat late planting date and a lack of rain for almost all of July, corn yields on farmer Ron Brooks’ land are excellent.

"On the lighter ground, we’re seeing 170- to 180-bu. corn," Brooks tells Farm Journal Radio’s Pam Fretwell. He farms 1,600 acres in Waupaca, about 60 west of Green Bay. "On the heavier ground here farther south, we’re seeing bushel ranges of 240 to 290."

He attributes that success story to crop genetics, in part.

"I think the hybrid selection has come a long way," Brooks notes. "Some of these hybrids, I don’t know how they stayed alive much less put an ear on."

Another factor is an in-furrow fertilizer that is expensive but effective in bulking out root balls compared to plants that didn’t get an in-furrow application.

"In the side-by-sides that we did, it was basically a dead plant versus a plant that was producing 170-bu. corn," he says.

Click the play button below to hear the complete interview with farmer Ron Brooks:

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