In the audio clip below, Dr. Fred Below from the University of Illinois describes the discrepancy between average corn yields and some extremely high yields that have recently been produced. He sees opportunity for more farmers as they prioritize and realize the importance of better crop management practices:
Dr. Below describes that many factors are at play when it comes to crop management, including fertility, hybrid, crop population and a good crop protection plan.
We all know there’s a lot to think about with regard to maximizing your crop’s potential from planting through harvest, especially in the current commodity price environment. Dr. Below discusses how adopting crop management strategies can drastically improve farmers’ potential to achieve high yields.
We agree with his thinking and encourage growers to develop a plan with their agronomy partners that will leave them feeling confident about the upcoming planting season.
Corn Yield Gap Transcript
I’m excited about some of the yields that have been produced. The corn yield contests show that there’s a lot of yield to be gained by crop management. The average yield that a U.S. farmer would produce is somewhere around 170 bushels. But last year, a farmer produced a record yield of corn, over 500 bushels – 504 bushels.
This shows me that there’s a lot of yield potential to be gained from better crop management. I think it’s exciting to ascertain what those crop management factors are that growers can use to close that yield gap.
Some of it starts with fertility, it also involves the best hybrid, and it also involves more plants and better protection. It surely shows that there’s a lot of yield that’s yet to be gained. I think it bodes well for feeding a higher population of people in the future.