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There are specific factors that need to be considered when looking to maximize corn grain and forage yield. The corn product planted, nutrients, water supply, diseases, insects, weeds, soil properties, environment, and overall management can have an influence on yield potential. Planning is important to help maximize yield potential with your corn crop.
Dr. Fred Below, Professor of Crop Physiology at the University of Illinois, believes there are seven specific factors that affect corn yield.1 In addition, he says that managing data can also be an important factor.2
In summary, high corn yields are the result of proactive management plans and proper seed selection. All of the above factors, not any single one, will have an impact on corn yield. Growers can make decisions to optimize these factors for obtaining a high-yield goal in each field.
Contact your local seed representative for recommendations on product, trait, and seed treatment selection. You can also use DEKALB® agSeedSelect® for customized corn product recommendations for every situation on your farm.
1Below, F. 2015. The seven wonders of the corn yield world. The University of Illinois Crop Physiology Laboratory. http://cropphysiology.cropsci.illinois.edu. 2Anderson, K. 2015. Seven wonders of corn yield - plus one more. Brownfield Ag News. http://brownfieldagnews.com. Web sites verified 1/13/17. 170114112752