Hula's Corn Crop Management Program Results in 429 Bu/Acre Yield
As farmers implement their plant and crop strategies for 2012, many look to the success stories of the 2011 growing season. Strategies and lessons learned in 2011 will help to drive yield increases for 2012—like the lessons learned by the Virginia farmer Dave Hula with his 429 bu/acre corn yield achievement.
A 429 bu/acre corn yield is impressive even in ideal growing conditions. But the fact that progressive farmer, David Hula realized such an outstanding yield response during the 2011 season that was marked by excessive moisture followed by drought-like conditions and the impending threat of hurricane Irene is nothing short of amazing.
Hula has actively participated in the National Corn Growers Association yield competitions since the late 1990s, achieving state and regional records with his no-till corn on corn. He credits his continued success in adapting successful crop management practices and integrating new technology to push yields. “We tried some new technology again this year and Stoller’s Bio-Forge and X-Tra Power were two of the products we used,” shared Hula. “We had more sunlight than in past years and that helped to enhance photosynthesis and ultimately yield.” Because of difficult planting and harvest season Hula was limited on the number of test and control plots he was able to evaluate. However he indicated strong seedling vigor and large root systems where he had used the Stoller technology. “We are looking for technology that will help us get the most out of the hybrids we plant. And we’ll be testing Stoller again in 2012 to verify consistent, positive results.” explained Hula.
Bio-Forge, StollerUSA’s flagship product, maximizes genetic expression by up-regulating key genes associated with root development for enhanced nutrient uptake and appropriate hormone balance. Bio-Forge also offsets the effects of transient stress by helping to control ethylene levels.
“Stoller technology—and specifically Bio-Forge—offers farmers a new, inexpensive tool to help manage their crops,” explains StollerUSA General Manager and Plant Physiologist Dr. Wayne Smith. “We’re pleased to see so many progressive growers, like Dave Hula, use the technology to push the limits of crop production. Our goal is to take the insight and experience of these same growers to help us drive the direction of crop health innovation.”
Over one third of the 2011 National Corn Growers Association yield contest winners, including Hula, employed Stoller technology in their crop management programs. Farmers across the nation note that Bio-Forge produces large, robust root systems with continuously growing root tips, early and vigorous growth of seedlings, increased nodulation, thicker and sturdier stalks and deep, green foliage. Application timing is extremely flexible. Options include in-furrow or banded with starter solutions, through irrigation systems, as a foliar spray or mixed in the tank with most pesticides. Rates may vary depending upon a grower’s situation but the standard recommendation is 1 pint/acre.