Production Journal: The First Graduates from Our Corn College

August 27, 2008 10:06 AM

Differences in the corn at the Farm Journal Corn College demonstration plots are obvious from the air. The 17 acres showcase highlights from our replicated, field-size test plots that are taken to yield in the fall. 
Photo: Darrell Smith
Charlene Finck, Farm Journal Editor
They came by buses, cars, trucks, motorcycles and RVs to the Farm Journal Corn College and left brimming over with ideas. "The farmers who attended asked a ton of good questions,” says Ken Ferrie, Farm Journal Field Agronomist, who hosted the event at his central Illinois facility seen in the aerial shot above. "There's no doubt that they are serious about growing corn.”
 Each two-day session started in the classroom and then headed outside for hands-on breakout sessions. The general classroom sessions, led by Ferrie, covered the basics of soils and understanding the soil's ecosystem.
The breakout sessions included nitrogen timing and placement, variable-rate farming, remote sensing, soil density, managing pests and getting your corn crop off to a good start.
Fred Whitford from Purdue University captured the crowd with a talk on "Preventing Poly Tanks from Cracking Like an Egg.” On the lighter side, John Phipps, Farm Journal and Top Producer columnist and host of "U.S. Farm Report,” provided entertainment during dinner.
Each session took part in the live taping of a "U.S. Farm Report” Marketing Roundtable. The show, hosted by Al Pell, offered opinions from marketing experts Chip Flory and Bob Utterback.
If you'd like to hear audio reports and see a slide show of pictures from the event, visit Click on the Corn College logo.
Thanks go to our event sponsors: Agrotain, AutoFarm, Great Plains, John Deere, Kinze and Specialty Fertilizer Products.

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