Corn farmers are on the chase for 300-bushel corn yields and to get there, they should attend this year’s South Dakota Corn Growers annual meeting to hear agronomy expert Dr. Fred Below, a University of Illinois professor of crop physiology, give his presentation “300 Bushels of Corn,” discussing fertilizer placement and timing for the highest profitability.
He’ll talk about improved soil fertility, the use of advanced triple or smart-stack hybrids, effective nitrogen use, increased plant populations and fungicide to control leaf disease and plant stress.
His areas of expertise include plant physiology, soil fertility, bioenergy crops, grain, crop management, plant breeding and genetic improvements.
His research is focused on understanding factors that limit crop productivity, with particular emphasis on nitrogen use by corn.
He is currently working on the genetic regulation of nitrogen use efficiency, and on adapting variable-rate technologies for nitrogen fertilization of corn.
For more information on Dr. Below or his work, visit his fun and interactive website, Seven Wonders of the Corn Yield World.
This year’s annual meeting will take place on Saturday, January 19th at the Sioux Falls Convention Center. We do ask that you please pre-register, which can be done online or by calling the office at 605-334-0100. We hope to see you at our Backyard BBQ!