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The growing body of science for corn growers

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When your parents got their start, farming was relatively uncomplicated. The farm season was pretty much divided into plowing, planting, cultivation and harvest. Weed management meant getting on top of quackgrass, Canada thistle and mustard, and soil organic matter was out-of-sight, out-of-mind. And transgenics was a word no one had ever heard.

When your parents got their start, farming was relatively uncomplicated. The farm season was pretty much divided into plowing, planting, cultivation and harvest. Weed management meant getting on top of quackgrass, Canada thistle and mustard, and soil organic matter was out-of-sight, out-of-mind. And transgenics was a word no one had ever heard.

Some things make us nostalgic for the past. But who would want to give up the science and technology that every corn grower brings to the field today?

It’s breathtaking how science, agri-business and primary producers have altered the landscape. Weed management requires a blend of herbicides, while different insects and diseases pose constant challenges and new mechanical technologies fall under the heading of precision agriculture, with very steep learning curves.

 

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