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Soil Test Example

How to Read a Soil Test

The first step on the road to achieving healthy soils able to sustain productive plants is the soil or plant analysis test.

How to estimate plant populations per acre.

How to Estimate Plant Populations Per Acre

An accurate estimate of plant population per acre can be obtained by counting using a formula and this graphic.

Number and length of rows for planting corn.

Planting Corn: Density, Location and Ideal Conditions

When planting corn, it’s important to understand best practices for your highest yields.

Alfalfa crop just after it is worked into the soil before organic corn is planted.

Corn Seedbed Preparation

There are several basic methods and many variations of ways to till the soil and prepare a good seedbed for corn planting. An ideal seedbed is warm, moist, well aerated but firm soil.

A variety of traditional maize seeds in Peru.

Choose the Right Corn Seeds

Seed should be chosen that contains desirable nutrient charac­teristics if you are growing grain or silage to feed animals. Among the hybrid varieties, there is a wide difference in protein quality and quantity. Most corn varieties are low in three essential amino acids, lysine, methionine, and tryptophan, so new hybrid varieties, general­ly called high-lysine corn, […]

A GMO corn field in Texas.

Do You Need GMO corn?

The first commercial GM (genetically modified) corn varieties, usually known as Bt corn, were released by a few companies in the mid-1990s, but soon one company, Monsanto, became the industry leader with its Roundup Ready corn.