What’s it look like from above?
The yield potential for crops in Bureau County looks fantastic at this point of the growing season. However, rainfall and first frost date will ultimately determine yield.
Last week, we offered our customers the opportunity to take a ride with JMX Helicopter Service of Princeton and “scout” their crops from the air. What we saw from the air confirms what we can see from the ground. The corn appears to be uniform and lush across the whole field. Most of the corn crop has completed pollination and is the R3 (milky) stage of development. This is a humbling moment for us seed dealers, since the corn has reached the stage in which the potential yield of the crop can be estimated and our crop is judged by the growers.
Yield estimates are an excellent source to determine the cornfield’s potential at this stage of the season. This is because the corn has reached the R3 (milky) stage, and ear has been developed enough to get a confident estimate of the yield. The “Yield Component Method” is the most popular method to use. To perform an “accurate” assessment, check several locations in the field. At each of these locations, measure off 17 feet 5 inches (for 30-inch row spacing) and pull three random harvestable ears. Then take the average count of kernels around the three ears and multiply that number by the average number of kernels long on the ears. Next, count the total harvested ears in the 17-foot, 5-inch row and multiply all three numbers together. Last, take that new number and divide by 90. The remaining number would be the estimate of the corn yield for the field. Please note this is just a rough estimate to determine corn yield, but gives a grower a “guestimate” of what that field might yield come harvest.
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