1. Closing the corn yield gap.
Farmers will have to feed many more people in the coming years, on fewer acres. The problem: How do we do that? Researchers at the University of Illinois say that an intense management system may help.
By using an intensified management system that included increased plant population, transgenic (Bt trait) insect resistance, strobilurin-containing fungicide, balanced crop nutrition (phosphorus-sulfur-zinc), and supplemental side-dressed nitrogen, the researchers saw a yield increase of 28 percent more corn grain compared to that of a standard management system. This study indicates that corn yields in Illinois can be increased by about 28 percent using commercially available technologies and hybrids.
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