Yields were strong for many farmers in 2011. What specific conditions favored those yields? What factors went into the robust yields of 2011? Here are some insights from Dave Nanda, the Director of Genetics and Technology for Seed Consultants, Inc.
Here are Nanda’s five yield points for corn plants in a growing season.
1. Number of Ears per plant – How much competition is there around each plant at seedling stage? If there’s competition, it likely goes for producing only one ear one ear at this stage. So early weeds can hurt!
2. Row Numbers – At waist high stage, corn is ready to determine how many rows of kernels per ear it can produce. It’s related to genetics, but it’s also influenced by the environment.
3. Kernels per row – Individual plants can increase the number of kernels at the ear tip at pollination if all signals are go. More often than not, all signals a weren’t go in 2011 and the plants decided to abort some of the tip kernels.… Continue readingRead More »