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Fluid Journal : Fluid Journal 1996-1998
2 Fluid Journal Spring 1997 21.5 inches during a growing season that lasted from April through mid- September. A cooler summer definitely helped make up for the moisture shortage along with loose soil conditions created by 14-inch deep tillage. Plant roots can grow deeper and maximize the deeper moisture. With this depth, soil can absorb a two-inch rain where on other fields that do not have deep tillage, the moisture is not absorbed and runoff occurs. Also, on a field that is not deep tilled, the top couple of inches stays wet and, the proper water to air ratio is not achieved. I'll close by summing up with seven critical factors I feel contribute to my success as a master corn grower. They are: 1) soil testing, 2) deep tilling, 3) fertilizing properly, 4) controlling pests. 5) scouting thoroughly, 6) selecting the right hybrids, and 7) planting higher than average plant populations. And, of course, if Mother Nature doesn't supply adequate moisture and sunshine, record yields are not likely. 330 300 270 240 210 180 150 1990 1992 1994 1995 1996 YEAR Yield - bu/A Francis Childs 2nd place finisher Figure 1. Iowa Master Corn Growers Contest: Francis Childs vs. nearest competitor over five winning years.
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