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April 6, 2011MARYVILLE, MO |  By: Compton

Corn Planting

Corn seeding rates continue to increase.

Dr. Thomison, corn specialist at Ohio State, indicates that seeding rates across the country have increased 280 plants per acre per year according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service. The basis for many who advise growers is based on the productivity of the soil, resulting in lower productivity soils being planted to lower populations whereas higher populations are planted to more plants per acre. This increase in corn population can be attributed to modern corn hybrids. These corn hybrids can better handle high populations, perform well in low and high yielding environments, are more tolerant to drought, have better stalks, and better disease resistance.