Hybrid Selection Advice

I often get asked, “Why does Renk offer so many corn hybrids?” And, “Why do I really need more than just your one best hybrid?” And finally, “This was the best hybrid in my plot this past year so why … Continued

Recommendations for Harvesting Down Corn

Recommendations for Harvesting Down Corn Install auto header height on your corn head. Flatten the corn head angle. If the corn is lodged “with the row”, steepen the corn head angle. Synchronize gathering chain speed to ground speed. Set the … Continued

Rapid Corn Plant Health Deterioration of 2015

Any of us who travelled around the Midwest in the month of September saw a rapid change in the health of the corn crop.  It seemed that this change from green to brown happened faster and earlier than in previous … Continued

Finalizing Your Seed Corn Order for 2015

As you finalize your seed order for 2015, here are things to discuss with your seed representative. 1. Hybrid positioning is extremely important in maximizing yields. There is no perfect hybrid that performs at peak performance across all growing conditions. Each hybrid … Continued

Rapid Hybrid Turnover

In the past few years, we have seen our hybrid line-up change dramatically. Some growers are asking what happened when their best hybrid was phased out after only a few or in some cases, one to two years of sales. … Continued

Corn Yields: Can they go higher?

In the past 40 years, the national average for corn yield has increased by nearly 80 bu. per acre. Roughly half of that increase is due to changes in cultural practices such as better weed control, precision planters, increased plant … Continued

Are you ready for planting season?

Corn planting in most of the corn-belt is a once per year operation.  It is an operation so critical that I would venture to say that no other action we do during the growing season has more of an impact … Continued

SmartStax Pro is on the Horizon

As we look to the future of insect control in corn, we see a new event for controlling corn rootworm that will be delivered along with the SmartStax® technology that we have today. This combination will be called SmartStax® PRO. … Continued