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Thursday, March 25, 2004

Early planted corn stands: is pretty the best?

D.R. Hicks, Agronomy and Plant Genetics

We've had a significant portion of Minnesota corn acreage planted prior to May 1 for the past two years (2002 and 2003). In both years, plant stands have not been ideal - spacing between plants has not been uniform and final stands have been lower than expected. Yet both years have been excellent corn production years for Minnesota growers. The state average yield was a record 157 bushels per acre in 2002 and an impressive 146 bushels per acre in 2003.
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