Root Dig: Mike Petersen

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Figure 1Agronomists are continually testing products at the Water Learning Utilization Center in Gothenburg, Nebraska. These tests are designed to compare the root structures of DEKALB® brand products with Pioneer® Optimum® AQUAmax™ and another competitor. Mike Petersen, Lead Agronomist at Orthman Manufacturing, believes DEKALB® brand products have an advantage over competitors because of their deep root system.

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“DEKALB has really been a leader in the development of what is going on below ground. They have an idea ‘Can we make a root system that will make the above ground plant produce 700-800 kernels per ear?’ When they do that we know we can produce big corn,65533;? Petersen said.

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With a deeper root system, higher yield potential can be reached. For more information on the root dig challenge, visit the Root Dig Challenge page at www.asgrowanddekalb.com.

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