Realizing Big Corn Yields Requires Adjustments Along the Way

Today we wrap up our visit with NC State Extension Corn Specialist Dr. Ron Heiniger on tips and secrets to big corn yields on any soil.  Today, Heiniger says the key to all this is doing it all, and making adjustments along the way:

“It’s clear, as I mention these secrets,  you put all the pieces together, it’s not one little item, it’s not uniform emergence in and of itself and by itself, that all of a sudden that makes you successful.  It’s matching that uniformity in emergence with managing water correctly or managing planting dates correctly. Its matching those two things then to a good fertility plan to get nutrients into the small seedling’s root zone in a way that it can get taken up quickly and early.

It’s managing once you have that good uniformity and crop at V-7, it’s now managing that disease or that potential of that crop, and knowing that you have that yield potential to justify that cost.

So, each step that goes into that system and if you miss one or two of these steps, it’s hard to recover, and realize the yield potential that was there.  And if something goes awry, and often times things do with our plans, then you have to again adjust your costs, again, you may think that you don’t have the yield potential to justify a fungicide, say.  So, you adjust your costs outlay when you realize that you’ve missed some of the opportunity for that yield.

So, it is a system, it’s important to realize that, it’s important to adjust your input according to how well you’ve implemented that system at each step of the way.”

For all of Ron Heiniger’s comments on how to realize a large corn yield, visit SFNToday dot com.


A native of the Texas Panhandle, Rhonda was born and raised on a cotton farm where she saw cotton farming evolve from ditch irrigation to center pivot irrigation and harvest trailers to modules. After graduating from Texas Tech University, she got her start in radio with KGNC News Talk 710 in Amarillo, Texas.

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