For Josh Thornsbrough, the results speak for themselves. In 11 out of 12 trials, twin rows outyielded traditional 30-inch row spacing in corn.
The jury may still be out on twin-row corn for many growers, but Mark Peterson has examined the evidence on his farm and he’s reached a verdict: More bushels, more dollars.
As spring nears and weather warms, concern is rising about 2009 corn stored in bins. Much of the crop came out of the field at lower-than-normal quality and higher moisture.
Pioneer Hi-Bred recently announced the release of a new generation of corn hybrids designed for water-limited environments. These hybrids will be branded as Optimum AQUAmax hybrids.
Farmers have always led the way to higher-yielding crops, often experimenting with technologies not yet mainstream. Those technologies may begin in test tubes, growing chambers and greenhouses.
In the early 1900s, when the primary power source for farmers was the horse, corn row spacing commonly ranged from 38 to 40 inches to accommodate the animal’s wider girth. While tractors eventually replaced the arguably more temperamental horses, row spacing didn’t change much until research in the 1960s showed narrowing it to 30 inches could increase corn yields by 5% or more.