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Traits - Are They Increasing Corn Yields?

D. R. Hicks, T.R. Hoverstad, and J.L. Gunsolus, University of Minnesota
Corn yields have continued to go up and many give credit to the new corn traits for these yield increases. We sorted data from the southern and central zones of the 2006 Minnesota Corn Performance tests to determine the effect of herbicide resistance- and Bt-traits on yields. At the outset, we should point out that these comparisons confound genetics and traits. However, it's valid to make these comparisons because a grower is interested in the yield potential of the combination of genetics and traits. And the large number of hybrids in most categories gives validity to the conclusions.