Over the past 80 years, average U.S. corn planting populations have increased more than fourfold and row widths have steadily narrowed. At Stine®, we’ve spent considerable time developing genetics that perform in higher populations and have the characteristics to maximize yields when planted at increased populations. Our breeding program produces high-population hybrids that have superior standability and disease resistance to ensure the plants won’t lodge or break down prematurely under increased pressures.
Stine’s R9740VT3PRO and R9733EVT3PRO are currently among our best performing HP Corn® hybrids. Both are medium stature hybrids with good stress tolerance and excellent stalks and roots. These are the hybrids planted in many of our HP Corn demo plots. Putting these hybrids next to hybrids not created specifically for high populations allows growers to see firsthand how some genetics are more suitable than others for certain planting conditions.
If you visit a demo plot, you’ll notice that our HP hybrids tend to be shorter than traditional hybrids, with leaves that grow upright to catch more sunlight. The compact structure and outstanding roots and stalks create a sturdy plant up to the task of thriving in higher populations.