Let’slook at the three components to yield. Imagine them in a triangle. Ears per acre, kernels per ear and kernel weight. There are roughly eighty to ninety thousand kernels per bushel, making corn yields a game of math. Out of these three things, we only have the opportunity to influence the number of ears. We make a decision on our plant population, but it’s our job to get those kernels we plant to become ears in the end, and that’s why #everyplantmatters.
Our ability to influence the other two aspects of yield is fairly low. The number of kernels is highly genetic and already a predetermined destiny for the crop. Kernel weight ends up being highly environmental, meaning that we have one opportunity to take action throughout the growing season. Our only opportunity is to influence how many ears per acre.
From the time you put seed in the ground to the time it emerges, we have three goals.
1) GET KERNELS TO EMERGE AT THE SAME TIME.
2) INCREASE THE PERCENTAGE OF KERNELS THAT END UP BECOMING PLANTS.
3) INFLUENCE EACH SEED TO HAVE A GREAT STAND.
You have the ability to influence these plants with Ascend. When your crops get an early jump on the season, they optimize intake of important nutrients and start firmly on the path to higher yields. Ascend will help influence the plants to have quicker germination, faster and more uniform emergence and become more viable when they emerge. All of these benefits will eventually drive yield. On average Ascend has provided a 5.7 bushel yield increase, based on local trials throughout 2011 to 2014. Keeping in mind that the more challenges you experience this spring, the greater the reward with this product.
In the end, we only have one chance to influence the plant stand, and it’s about making everything come together to produce that higher yield. I think we can all agree that #everyplantmatters.