Tuesday, October 16, 2012

A Day For Analysis: Harvest the Corn Plot

When the corn plot is harvested and analyzed, we know that harvest is really over. In early May Bill Planted the Corn Plot for 2012. A plot is something we try to do each year. Corn is a relatively new crop to our region and the research is ever changing with new varieties and treatments.
Since we are analyzing, it was good to have our own Ag Analyst on hand for the job. 
There is a weigh wagon on each end of the field. One is from our local Cenex Harvest States Cooperative and one is from our local Pioneer dealer. It is nice to have one situated at each end of the field to eliminate back tracking. Each one weighed and measured the other's varieties. Fair is fair. 
This a day of science on the farm. Remember the "Theory of GriggsDakota" that I wrote about when we were Harvesting our Corn Plot in 2009? Click on the link to learn more about the theory and the field analysis that is done on the plot harvest day. The theory states that "The effort involved in the art of farming is always enhanced by further knowledge of the science of agriculture."
 This year we grew several varieties of corn.
We treated the different varieties with various seed treatments. 
We did single treatments where just one particular product was applied to the corn seed. 
 We used double treatments when two different treatments were applied to a single corn variety.
And we used a triple treatment on a single corn variety. 
The question was not simply which variety of corn produced the best yield in our plot. 
We also were attempting to determine if multiple seed treatments are worth the time and money. In other words, if it costs three dollars per acre to treat seed with a single treatment, double that for two and triple that for three, can we expect a return on our investment? Will it increase our bushels per acre yield in various varieties of corn.
Early analysis says it does, at least in the corn plot of GriggsDakota.

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