Learning Session: Twin Rows Test Out

January 26, 2010 06:00 PM
 

Sara Schafer, Top Producer Business & Crops Online Editor
 
Farmers could gain more bushels per acre by planting twin-row corn, according to research from Agrigold, a seed corn distributor throughout most of the Corn Belt.

 

Mike Kavanaugh, Agrigold agronomy manager, spoke during a learning session during the Top Producer Seminar.
 
Agrigold tested five hybrids in 37 plots across several states.
 
Kavanaugh says the results showed that twin-row corn out yielded 30” row corn by 4.9 bu./acre. "Twins gave a positive yield response 69.2% of the time.”
 
Additionally, the twin-row corn had a thicker stalk diameter, ear height that averaged 1” higher and plant height that was 1 ½” taller.
 
Kavanaugh says the twin-row corn gains these advantages due to the plants having more rooting area and can better utilize nutrients and water.
 
 
 
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You can e-mail Sara Schafer at sschafer@farmjournal.com.
 

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