Non-Irrigated South Carolina Corn Crosses 130 bu/a

While it's generally considered that this year's corn harvest across the Carolina's is better than average, of the crop suffered from the high heat and lack of rain the first two weeks of July, right at tassling. Jason Eaddy, of Eaddy Farms, Lake City SC farms 500 acres of no-till corn and says his crop didn't fall prey to the mid-summer dry spell, yielding an average of 130 bushels to the acre:

“I thought our yield was pretty good and I was happy with it.”

Eaddy says they stuck with their usual stacked trait variety, and once again it worked well for them:

“Everything went smoothly. We had a good amount of rain fall and we had good weed control. We had the right amount of nitrogen and everything in a timely manner.”

And while the temptation was there, Eaddy held out on planting:

“We were itching to go pretty early but we tried to hold off. We planted the majority of our corn on time and stayed the same seeding rate all the way through.”

Eaddy compares this year's harvest with that of 2011:

“I would love to be at 130 bushels every year. Last year we averaged about 95 across the board. So if I could get those numbers every year, those are ones we try to shoot for. We were very fortunate and got some much needed rain in our area that some of our neighbors didn’t and they were looking at 35-40 bushels while we were 85-95. We were pretty pleased with our corn crop last year even though we had a dry season.”

But, this year's corn harvest wasn't easy says Eaddy:

“Our corn harvest seemed like it took forever. It took us about a month to get it out because every time we got ready to cut, the rain would come and things would get to wet. We try not to rut up any fields more than we have to so it took a while for us to get it out.”

Eaddy explains that soybeans came off this same 500 acres, and wheat will be going in this week:

“It’s just the two of us here and we needed to utilize some equipment a little bit better and we also wanted to put some more organic matter into the soil because we are mainly strip till, so we are no tilling all of our wheat land.”

And Eaddy is looking to stick to the same plan in 2013:

“We are satisfied with it and we plan to plant about the same amount of acres next year.”

Jason Eaddy, of Eaddy Farms, Lake City SC

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