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Narrow Thinking
Dan Davidson DTN Contributing Agronomist
Mon Dec 24, 2012 08:00 AM CST

Harry Stine is narrowing his focus. Last year the independent seed company entrepreneur devoted 2,500 acres of his research fields in Dallas County, Iowa, to 12-inch row corn using a special planter and corn head. In 2013, Stine Seed Company plans to expand the project.

Planting in rows that narrow probably seems intimidating because growers face a forest of cornstalks and a field that is not easily trafficked. Conventional approaches to planting and managing the crop are not the same, but surprisingly, agronomics are very similar.

"It is not about narrow rows but about the importance of high plant populations," ...

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