How to Use Leaf Architecture and Ear Type to Manage Water

 
How to Use Leaf Architecture and Ear Type to Manage Water

Farm Journal Field Agronomist Ken Ferrie classifies corn hybrids according to leaf structure and ear type. While yield remains the No. 1 factor when selecting hybrids, it’s important to recognize and use the leaf and ear traits to manage soil water more efficiently in each field and each soil type/management zone.

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To maximize light interception and water use, it’s crucial to understand the three components of yield: sunlight, water and nutrients. Drawing on the traits of the four leaf structures and four ear types, Farm Journal Field Agronomist Ken Ferrie offers the following recommendations for various environments.

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