Six growers in six states aiming for 300-bushel corn
At Hudson Family Farms in Crawfordsville, Ind., Curt and Chris Hudson have battled an extremely wet spring, and were finally able to get planters rolling over their 170-acre Pursuit field on May 7. The Hudsons planted at a variable rate that ranged from 28,000 seeds per acre to 42,000. Planting in 20-inch rows, the Hudsons ran their planter at 4.5 to 4.7 mph. New to the Hudson system is the addition of MicroEssentials SZ, to give the soil additional zinc and sulfur, which was applied to the field preplant.
Winter hung on an exceptionally long time for Matt and Luke Lantz, of Lake Crystal, Minn. After unseasonably cold temperatures and even a couple of spring snowstorms, Lantz Farms planted its 160-acre Pursuit field May 7 with precision planting equipment aimed at maximizing the return on its seed investment. The Lantzes also are experimenting with boron, applying the micronutrient preplant to replenish the effects of a corn-on-corn rotation.
Just outside Holland, Iowa, Dale Launstein was able to plant his Pursuit field on May 13. Launstein’s 30-inch rows vary from a population of 36,000 to 38,000 seeds per acre. He also added micronutrients to his fertilizer program, applying it this past fall.
At Prinz Farm and Feedlot, just outside of West Point, Neb., this spring has been full of stops and starts, but on a farm in need of moisture, Todd Prinz certainly wasn’t complaining about the conditions. Prinz had retail partner Central Valley Ag apply MicroEssentials SZ in advance of planting on April 9, and expected to plant the field shortly thereafter. But once winter reemerged in Nebraska, it made itself at home, and it was May 13 before Prinz was able to plant his Pursuit field, where he increased the seeding population to 38,000 per acre.
At Schoff Farms of Walnut, Ill., James Schoff was able to take advantage of windows of relief from spring moisture, and planted his Pursuit field on May 7. Schoff’s Pursuit field plan for the 2013 season includes adding a foliar fertilizer application, increasing planting population by 3,000 plants per acre, the addition of MicroEssentials SZ to his fertility plan, and an increase in soil testing to better gauge his crop’s impact on next year’s fertility needs.
For more on each Pursuit farmer and the system he’s implementing to reach 300-bushel corn, visit www.Pursuitof300.com.