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What is the Ideal Planting Depth For Corn? Find The Answer In This Study!

The results are in from the Beck’s Practical Farm Research (PFR)® Study showing what the best planting depth is for Ohio Corn for the highest potential yields. 

BECK’S Ohio Planting Depth Study - 2014
What is the ideal planting depth for corn?  This may seem like an obvious question, but it is surprising to see how many farmers actually differ in their planting depth. This study examines the plant populations and yield from different planting depths.
The planting depth study was interesting to watch throughout the year. At emergence time you could see visual differences, with 1.75 inches and 2.25 inches coming up the quickest and with the most uniformity. This equated with yield in the end, with the 1.75 inch planted corn yielding the highest closely followed by the 2.25 inches planted corn. The two lowest populations, along with the lowest yields, were planting depths of 0.75 inches and 1.25 inches. Planting greater than three inches provided greater plant stands and yields than the shallow planted. This study indicates it is better to plant too deep than too shallow for ideal stands and yield. You should target planting depths of 1.75-2.25 inches according to this data.

Beck’s Hybrids PFR program

 conducts more than 75 different studies across multiple locations (500+ acres) to learn how different management practices and new technologies perform in field environments. Simply put, it is research focused with the farmer in mind. 
To see the entire study, please 

download the PFR Book

 and see page 284. 

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