Randy Dowdy's production strategies focus on maximizing corn yields by minimizing stress plants experience throughout the growing season. Our forward thinking approach to corn production challenges traditional accepted practices and focuses on extracting as much yield from each seed planted as possible. If you’re interested and committed to trying something new and willing to be a Student of the Crop, then I invite you to utilize my consulting services. I am available to consult via telephone, in person via listening seminars and speaking events, and through the web and email. I plan on offering, to everyone for free, a production tip of the week beginning next spring of 2014. I also plan on offering my in depth Production Guide and management plan that I have been working on for about 3-4 years now. This guide will be universal for varying regions of the country as long as you have a weather station near you, or if you’re capable of identifying plant growth stages, and/or based on Days after Planting (DAP) if you have weather similar to my growing region. IF YOU’RE SERIOUS ABOUT INCREASING YOUR CORN PRODUCTION, THEN PUT ME TO WORK FOR YOU!!!! Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
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National Corn Growers Association Yield Contest National Results:
- 2013 - 3rd place National Strip Till Irrigated Class Winner with a yield of 417 bushels per acre.
- 2013 - 2nd place National Irrigated Class Winner with a yield of 405 bushels per acre.
- 2013 - 3rd place National Irrigated Class Winner with a yield of 370 bushels per acre.
- 2012 - 1st place National Irrigated Winner and 1st and 2nd place Ga winner. Yield: 372 bushels per acre. Other posted yields of 341 bu per acre.
- 2011 - 2nd place National Irrigated Winner (Conventional Tillage) and 1st place Georgia winner. Yield: 352 bushels per acre
- 2011 2nd place National Strip Till Irrigated Winner and 1st place Georgia winner in 2011. Yield: 363 bushels per acre. Total farm yield: 329 bushels per acre.
National Corn Growers Association Yield Contest State Results:
- 2013- 1st place Georgia Non Irrigated Class Winner with a yield of 276 bushels per acre.
- 2013-1st and 2nd place Georgia Irrigated Class Winner with yield of 405 and 370 bushels per acre.
- 2013-1st and 2nd place Georgia Strip Till Irrigated Class Winner with yields of 417 and 386 bushels per acre.
- 2012 - 1st place Georgia winner Strip Till Irrigated and 2nd highest yield posted Nationally. Yield 374 bushels per acre.
- 2010 - Georgia State Strip Till Irrigated winner. Yield: 279 bushels per acre.
- 2nd place Georgia. Yield: 326 bushels per acre.
- 1st place Florida. Yield: 339 bushels per acre.
- Consulting entry: 354 bushels per acre.
Tip of the Week
The key to high yields is to minimize stress on the corn plant. Stress occurs in many ways. I.E. compaction, water, nutrient, herbicide, disease, etc. How we manage and alleviate the inevitable stress that a plant may face during the year is how we maximize and capture the genetic yield potential of today's hybrids. I will address removal of stress in subsequent tips of the week. Water: I employ water sensors to inform me of water removal in the root zone. I monitor these levels at the 6, 12, and 18 inch depths in the soil. If you are removing water from these levels then you should feel certain that your plants will remove available nutrients as well. Therefore, keep those zones rich in all plant food and water according to plant water usage and evapotranspiration rates. Once you get behind the watering curve it will be difficult to catch up without mother natures help. Therefore, be proactive!!!!!!
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Pslams 1:1-3 - 1Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
2But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
3And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.