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Discussion Board - Re: bushel/acre of ear corn vs. shelled corn

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paul

10-10-2012 09:18:37
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> Is the amount of kernels in 520 bushels of ear corn equivalent to 520 bushels of shelled corn?

Yes.

Now, the conversion isn't perfect, and bushels is supposed to be a volume measurement, but everyone does the weight & moisture adjustments and converts to an 'ideal bushel' from the weight, instead of the volume.

This year my corn is testing very heavy, was over 62 lbs a bu on much of it, so you probably have a few more bu that last year, in the same volume...

Sounds like you have a good plan.

Your 4 acres might have been the cow or hog yard, and is unnaturally high in P & K? Or you put manure on it from your livestock? Or the soil type is different and you have the good stuff?

I got over 200bu on a 5 acre patch, another 5 acre patch I got nothing at all, average is looking like 140 here too, but it was a tad too dry, if I had caught an inch more rain in August, oh my to the nmoon like folks an hour north of me...

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LorenMN

10-10-2012 09:33:16
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 Re: bushel/acre of ear corn vs. shelled corn in reply to paul, 10-10-2012 09:18:37  
I took back the 4 acres from the renter last Fall, so it was coming off of soybean rotation. I also spread a lot of cow and horse manure on it, had spread granulated fertilizer, and used starter fertilizer on the planter. Heavy black dirt, and a lot of rain in May and June. I think the cultivating helped hold moisture too. Sure made a nice looking field when it was coming up compared to the flat RR rows next to it.

I'll need to pull a soil test on it before next year, since I'm pretty sure it will need lime and I suppose P & K for the alfalfa, since they limed most of the farm last Fall from the soil mapping.

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paul

10-10-2012 11:37:53
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 Re: bushel/acre of ear corn vs. shelled corn in reply to LorenMN, 10-10-2012 09:33:16  
The manure did you a world of good, wish I could get some from the neighbors, but I'm always a 1/2 mile farther to drive than someone else.... The micro nutrients in it adds more than just regulare fertilizer.

Granular fertilizer, and manure too, often is kinda applied this year to be there for the future. It takes a while for it to break down - either way, manure or granular - into stuff the roots can take up.

So you probably only used 1/3 of the fert you put down on this year's crop, and this year's crop likely was using a lot of what was left from the renter.

Good of you to keep the soil fed and balanced, lot of hobby folks take on a little plot and say, well it grows so good, don't need to waste money on that fertilizer....

It shows up in a few years, and then takes a lot to bring things back up to where they should be.

Sounds like you are doing a real nice job.

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