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Look For Where You Lose Yields

January 30, 2011
By: Margy Eckelkamp, Farm Journal Machinery Editor and Test Plot Director
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When you hit the fields for harvest, harvest every bushel you grew. Farm Journal Associate Field Agronomist Missy Bauer gives tips directly from the field in episode 12 of Corn College TV.

A quick way to check how much yield is being left in the field due to combine loss is using a square foot.
“Place in the field, and count the number of kernels on the ground. Every two kernels in a square foot is a bushel per acre,” Bauer says.  
She recommends taking a count in ten areas across the field.
The second part of adding up your lost yield is ear loss.
“Take a  tape measure, and measure out a 10’ x 10’ square. Look for any whole ears in that area that didn’t go through the combine. One ear equals one bushel loss,” she says.  
Add the bushels lost from your kernel count and ear loss together for total field loss.

Learn more in episode 12 of Corn College TV.

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