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The bottom line is that you can dedicate half of your corn growing space to improving your triple bottom line with little impact on farm corn yield …” — Bob Recker

In pursuit of developing advanced farming practices, retired John Deere engineer Bob Recker gives himself permission to do “stupid stuff” on a portion of his farmland.

In 2017, Bob experimented with some unusual row spacings in corn to see how productivity would be impacted. In this presentation, Bob talks about how his experiments came to be, adjustments he made to his planter and seed population to make the experiments work, how he evaluated his observations, where he sees value in wide-row corn, and much more.

In addition, Frank explains that Bob isn’t the first to think of the idea of wide-row corn, and talks about a similar experiment from 65 years ago. He also answers a listener question about the erosion rate of soil between different farming practices.

You can follow along with this podcast by downloading Bob’s corresponding PDF presentation.

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P.S. There’s lots more great no-till stories and history in Frank Lessiter’s new book, From Maverick to Mainstream: A History of No-Till Farming. Check it out here.







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Intro Music: Glenn Campagna - Folk Love

Interlude Music: Willow - Walk Into Forever