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U OF ILLINOIS RESEARCHER: SHORT STATURE CORN IS FOR REAL
Source: Illinois Farm Bureau News

URBANA, IL - Short stature corn (6-8' vs 8-10'were in the spotlight during the University of Illinois Department of Crop Sciences Agronomy Day on Aug. 25.

According to Eric Winans, a crop science doctoral student, one of the shorter plant's advantages is standability. Winans reported researchers found less crop loss and less lodging with shorter plants. In an image of corn plots hit by last year's derecho storm, the shorter corn remained standing, he pointed out.

Winans agrees with David Stenaud of Bayer that there is an opportunity to increase plant populations with short-stature corn. "You can plant into the low 40s," he said.

Winans also pointed out that short-stature corn has a very long root system, which increases the amount of weight plants can hold. "With a deeper root system, the (short-stature) plants are able to handle the higher density," Winans said.


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