The exclusive Farm Progress Crop Discovery you've read about all year in Indiana Prairie Farmer were salvaged, even though a nasty mid-November storm wiped out the plots at the Iowa location. That test was located near Alleman, Iowa, close to the site of the 2004 Farm Progress Show, and was hit with heavy winds recently.
The corn was flattened, according to Matt Jungmann, Farm Progress Show Director. Trying to harvest the narrow strips to compare yields to one another just wasn't feasible, he notes. However, the farmer was able to harvest the plot, and reports outstanding yields well above 200 bushels per acre, even after the crop was knocked to the ground.
What that says is that the efforts to help push corn above 200 bushels per acre apparently worked. The Crop Discovery Plot program this year was all about testing simple things that might help nudge high â€“yielding farms a bit higher, and yet be economical at the same time.
The threat of bad weather and possible wipe-out of one location, either due to drought or storms, was exactly why John McGillicuddy, agronomist helping with the plots, insisted that there be tow plots in the first place. This year bore out the significance of his recommendations.
The plots are co-sponsored by Precision Planting, Tremont, Illinois. Current plans call for a similar set of plots next year, likely at two different locations, one in Iowa and one in Illinois.
This year's Indiana location, on Scott and Nancy Clark's farm, was harvested successfully a couple of weeks ago. Yields have not yet been analyzed, but will be soon.
Watch for those results here, plus analysis of whether various treatments tried this year were helpful in bumping up yields.