Drought-Tolerant Hybrid Technology Ramping Up
"We are getting expansion into really marginal areas," Ransom said. "No-till is widely practiced in the western part of the state today. That really opened a lot of doors to corn where they were pretty well closed in the past."
Ransom noted that corn production really took off about 10 years ago. Although he recognized corn’s increased stress tolerance, he gave more credit to high producing hybrids. "It isn't that drought tolerance is reducing the amount of loss, but rather that with more productive hybrids, we have more left even after the stress," he said.
Ransom gave even more credit to the current price of corn, especially in relation to wheat. "There is potential for a bucket of money, so people want to give corn a try," he said. "If it was half the price of wheat, they wouldn't be that interested."