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Start Corn Strong - 2
Dan Miller Progressive Farmer Senior Editor
Thu Dec 24, 2015 06:38 AM CST

Soil temperature is the final indicator Randy Dowdy watches as he pulls the trigger on another planting season.

"Before I plant, the (soil) temperature has to be 56 degrees (Fahrenheit)," Dowdy said. "Or there has to be a strong warming trend for the next week." Quick emergence is key. Dowdy wants to see his corn crop emerge within 10 days or less after planting. "Preferably within seven to eight days to get maximum yields," he added.

Dowdy farms outside Valdosta, Georgia, and was the 2014 world corn-yield record holder. His 503.7910-bushel-per-acre yield in 2014 topped all others in the 50-year ...

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