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Fluid Journal : Summer 2016
7 The Fluid Journal Summer 2016 Implementing High-Yield Irrigated Corn Requires research and adapting for profitable production. The Fluid Journal • Official Journal of the Fluid Fertilizer Foundation • Summer 2016 • Vol. 23, No. 3, Issue #93 Russell French, Robert Bowling, Alyssa Abbott, and Mike Stewart ▼ DOWNLOAD Summary: Irrigated corn producers on the High Plains are frequently confronted with issues that affect the profitability of their operations. The rapid adoption of new methods and technologies that preserve profitability is important for the economic sustainability of High Plains farmers. Traditional research is one method of identifying best management practices (BMP) that may improve grower productivity and profitability. However, dissemination and implementation of research across broad geographies can be challenging.The scientific method often precludes investigation across a diverse set of variables common within and across farms. Private industry can augment implementation of scientific methods identified as profitable BMP by employing resources necessary for wide scale spatial and temporal demonstrations. Furthermore, these investigations can be instrumental in prompt identification of processes and practices that improve producer efficiencies and/or profitability. Post-tassel (post-flowering) applications of N can increase yields by increasing kernel depth and test weight. The work and investigations summarized in this report will demonstrate the use of spatial and temporal observations to identify BMP for multiple nitrogen (N) application through corn development. Also, the extension of university research on phosphorus (P) and potassium (K) starter fertilizer and its adoption and implementation by growers will be discussed.