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Reminders for dealing with downed corn
When downed corn disrupts harvest season, the potential for yield loss should never be underestimated.
Preharvest corn head checklist: Guidelines to significantly reduce yield loss and in-season breakdowns.
“As a piece of equipment, university research* indicates sixty-percent of yield loss at harvest is credited to the “corn head,” says Fenton, Iowa, farmer and Dragotec President Dennis Bollig. “But...
Keep costs down with durable corn harvest equipment
One of the dominant storylines in row crop agriculture in recent years has been the pressure bearish grain market prices have exerted on profitability.
When you're looking for a way to improve yield, take a look at your corn head.
Much attention is focused on the combine when it comes to reducing yield loss, but university research has shown that 60% of that loss comes at the corn head – before corn even gets to the combine.
How to buy a used corn head
Purchasing a used corn head can be a smart way to save both yield and money. And, as it is with any used piece of equipment, there are good buys as well as those you should walk away from.
Key maintenance checkpoints extend corn head efficiency.
When it comes to maximizing the life of a corn head, maintenance matters. “With today’s tight farm economy, trading in for a new corn head every other year to avoid a breakdown is hardly an option,”
Tough times make you better
Denny Bollig, president of Dragotec, the North American distributor of Olimac products, including Drago corn heads, is regularly quoted in Row by Row articles. In the following feature, Denny shares how his passion for efficiency on his own farm became the driver for the successful family business he leads today.
Corn disease pressures, variability and yield loss
When corn planting and early crop development are slowed by rainfall and less-than-perfect conditions, corn diseases should be a key target for crop scouting as the growing season unfolds. This...
Downed corn can put a dent in yield potential
At harvest time, farmers say there is no greater concern when it comes to yield loss potential than downed or wind-damaged corn. Of the more than 450 corn farmers responding...
Four steps to avoiding corn pesticide injury and variability
The combination of the pest, weed or disease pressures your corn crop faces, the treatments you choose and the environment into which you apply those pesticides can create a lot...
Top 5 factors influencing corn yield loss
Extreme environmental conditions and the crop management adjustments they force upon farmers are the two biggest causes for corn yield loss.
Vigilance, the right equipment keeps insects from robbing corn yield
In a year when the markets look to continue to strain corn farmers’ profitability, it’s important to keep insects in check and account for their damage with the right in-season...
Weeds Cause Corn Yield Loss From Day One
Corn yield loss can start even before seedlings emerge from the ground. New research into how plants interact with one another at their earliest stages of development has implications for...
Top 5 causes of corn yield variability
Environmental and soil conditions that create plant variability in a corn crop cause potential yield loss from the day it’s planted all the way through harvest.
How much is corn yield costing you
Today’s tight profit margins in corn are pressuring farmers to cut costs, gain efficiency and do whatever possible to maximize yield and get the most revenue out of their crops....
Hit the right harvest window to minimize yield loss
Fall harvest is when corn farmers reap the rewards of their hard work. It’s also when they face major variability in environmental conditions — and potential yield loss — as...