How Kip Cullers Broke the World Record
Record breaker Kip Cullers is all about pushing the limits. Whether it’s in his corn or soybean fields, Kip is always looking for new ways to coax out the most yield he can get from his crops. In 2006, his efforts paid off when he set a new world soybean-yield record and won the National Corn Yield Contest. And he outdid himself in 2007, when he broke the soybean record he set the previous year.
A no-till farmer, Kip Cullers claimed his back-to-back soybean records with yields of 139 bu/A in 2006 and 154.74 bu/A in 2007. And he won his 2006 corn championship by bringing in 347.2 bu/A. How did he do it? Energy and innovation. "And I got really serious about crop protection," says Cullers.
On corn, he typically flies on Headline® fungicide a week to two days before tasseling and if conditions warrant, he sometimes follows up with one or two additional sprayings. When it comes to soybeans, he applies Headline at first bloom and again 3 weeks later.
"As a broad-spectrum fungicide, Headline prevents damage from a long list of costly diseases in corn and soybeans, including anthracnose, gray leaf spot and several rusts and blights. Plants stay healthy, green and growing longer in the season, thus coaxing out more yield," says Cullers. "On my contest plot, the corn plants were totally green from top to bottom when we harvested."
Kip Cullers thrives on discovering how to maximize the potential of every plant. And with Headline, he’s confident there’s even more he can do to hit his new targets. "I have little doubt that I will achieve 500 bu/A corn and 200 bu/A soybeans."
"Whether you’re aiming for contest-winning yields or just good overall average on your fields, there are three basic cost-effective steps to follow that will make you money." Want to know how Cullers’ secrets can help you maximize yield? Want to know how Cullers’ secrets can help you maximize yield? Read the full article in the August 2007 issue of No-Till Farmer.
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