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We're Not There Yet, But 300-Bushel Corn Yields May Be Typical Just 20 Years From Now

David Hula captured top no-till yield honors in last fall’s National Corn Growers Association contest with a yield of 319.3 bushels per acre. While this Charles City, Va., no-tiller’s result was about double the current national average, 300 bushels is a yield some industry leaders are anticipating as being typical just 20 years from now.
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Variety Selection Tips Based On Yield Data

variety selection is about much more than just yield. Growers also need to evaluate the various combinations of maturities, defensive traits and herbicide traits that are important to them. Even with all that, there is still a high priority on yield potential and it’s easy to see why.
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Tips For Top-Notch Variable-Rate Seeding

More corn growers are interested in using variable rate seeding (VRS) technology to optimize return on their annual seed investment. A recent survey showed that among Corn Belt farmers with over 1000 acres, more than one-third have VRS capability on their planters and 20% actually use this capability.
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Bayer's Votivo Biological Seed Treatment Coming

Bayer CropScience announced today that it will launch a revolutionary new biocontrol seed treatment in no-till corn, soybeans and cotton for the 2011 season. Select growers and seed companies will be able to test Votivo biological seed treatment on their farms in 2010 for a firsthand look at its unique protective properties, says product manager Paul Hewitt.
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Aiming For Planting Perfection In Varying Soil Types

Maintaining openers in tip-top shape, a deeper planting depth and seed meters help Kansas no-tillers achieve even emergence of corn.
When Bryan Poppelreiter pulls his no-till planter into the field, he understands that absolute planting perfection probably isn’t going to happen. But that doesn’t mean he won’t shoot for a picket-fence stand that pops out of the soil evenly up and down, as well as side to side.
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What I've Learned From No-Tilling: Bending Equipment, Argonomics To Fit His Needs Pays

South Dakota no-tiller Terry Huss modifies new equipment to fit his dry conditions and goes against the trend by growing wheat with corn and soybeans.
It doesn’t seem possible that I’ve been no-tilling for 30 years. I don’t know if you would call me a pioneer, but no-till was almost unheard of in north central South Dakota in 1979.
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