Originally published in the Chat 'n Chew Café (16 March 1998)
Also published in the Purdue Pest Management & Crop Production Newsletter (20 March 1998)

A Recipe for Lousy-Yielding Corn

R.L. (Bob) Nielsen , Agronomy Department , Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 47907-1150
Internet address: rnielsen@purdue.edu

A couple of years ago, I published a Recipe for Crappy Stands of Corn (P&C Newsletter, 10 May 1996) that outlined how you could create a stand of corn that looked just as poor as your neighbor’s. This spring, with all the hoopla about El Ninó, I feel compelled to offer another recipe for failure for those individuals who are intent on planning for drought even though there is no concensus that one will occur during the 1998 growing season. The "ingredients" of this recipe will indeed moderate the effects of a major drought and/or lower your input costs, but will also help ensure low yields in a more typical Indiana growing season. (see DISCLAIMER BELOW)

The following recipe will prepare one helping of low grain yield. Add more acreage as desired.

DISCLAIMER BELOW: If you have not sensed the sarcasm from the preceding text, I am not much in favor of making drastic changes to your 1998 corn cropping strategies simply because the future weather is uncertain. From my reading of the forecasts and predictions, it is clear to me that there is no clear concensus among meteorologists about the impact (if any) on Indiana’s weather during the next 3 – 6 months from the current El Ninó event. Rather than making drastic changes to cropping strategies, I encourage corn growers to continue implementing strategies that will help ensure successful seedling establishment and vigorous crop growth. In anything resembling a normal crop year, such strategies will pay off with good yields. If a major drought should develop, a vigorous crop will be in a better position to tolerate its effects.

Corn Growers Guidebook

For other information about corn, take a look at the Corn Growers Guidebook on the World Wide Web at http://www.agry.purdue.edu/ext/corn/

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