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Never Too Narrow
Pam Smith DTN\Progressive Farmer Crops Technology Editor
Mon Mar 17, 2014 11:36 AM CDT

There's a new furrow in Marion Calmer's brow. The Alpha, Ill., farmer is contemplating planting corn in narrower rows. That's saying something, considering he's been planting in 15-inch rows for nearly two decades.

Yes, Calmer owns a machinery company and has a patent pending on a 12-inch row corn head. However, he said the desire to increase plant populations and yield lies at the heart of his increasingly narrower focus.

"I'm still evaluating, but when this all settles out, I'm not sure 12-inch rows will be narrow enough," Calmer said. "When I do make the next move, I may drop ...

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