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Maximizing Corn Yield Potential

March 15, 2021 | By Rupp Seeds

Screen shot image of SeedSCOOP publication discussing how to maximize your corn yield potential.

Yield potential is defined as the maximum production of a crop that can be achieved in a given environment. In most cases, the yield potential is theoretical as the crop must receive optimum levels of water and nutrients and be completely protected against all stresses that may reduce growth and impact yield. While weather is often the most overriding factor in determining how close to the yield potential a crop can get, there are several management decisions farmers can make to help ensure that the crop is placed in the best circumstances to achieve the yield potential.

  • Selecting the right corn product for the field and planting at the appropriate time, conditions and population is the first step in optimizing yield potential and should result in a uniform and vigorous corn stand.
  • Stress at critical corn growth stages (vegetative, pollination and grain fill) should be controlled to maintain photosynthesis and yield potential.
  • Nutrient management and disease control can help reduce plant stress during critical growth stages.

Get the most out of your corn crop – learn how in this issue of SeedScoop.

Maximizing Corn Yield Potential