Are your soils ready for 300-bushel corn?
Keep the ground covered
Uncovered soil is subject to wind and water erosion, drying and crusting. Ground can be covered by leaving crop residue on the surface and planting cover crops. Ground covers must be managed to prevent problems in the spring with delayed soil warming and slow drying.
Diversify cropping systems
Increasing plant diversity is beneficial. Different plants each contribute unique attributes to the system. Diverse soil organisms can help control pest populations. Diverse cultural practices can reduce weed and disease pressures. Crop rotations, along with cover crops, help more species of soil organisms thrive. That will improve soil quality.
Growing 300-bushel corn will require a higher degree of management. By focusing on management systems that improve soil quality, you will be preparing your soils for higher yields and higher profits without adding acres.
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