The path to consistently reaching 300-plus bushels per acre corn is more a reality now than ever before. Stine’s extensive research in high-population, narrow-row corn has developed hybrids that are setting the industry standard for high-population planting.
Although Stine® HP Corn® can take many forms, in many cases these hybrids are shorter-than-average with more upright leaf structure, allowing them to catch more sunlight. Hybrids adapted for higher populations also tend to have excellent stalk strength for superior standability, and superior disease resistance even when planted in high-population environments. And the shorter HP Corn hybrids also produce less biomass than taller corn plants, allowing them to use water more efficiently. These features not only make HP Corn more cost effective, but also ensure more efficient use of each acre. The end result — higher yields.
HP Corn can work well in a variety of row widths, but the hybrids really thrive in Stine’s Twin 20-inch rows. How does it work? The twin rows are based on 20-inch centers, with 12 inches of spacing between rows and 8 inches separating each pair of twin rows. This planting configuration provides two key benefits. First, since this configuration results in an average 10-inch row spacing, growers can make even more efficient use of each and every acre. Second, this system makes the concept of HP Corn even more accessible by allowing growers to harvest their crop with a standard 20-inch row corn head.
To learn more about HP Corn and the HP Twin 20 Planting System, talk to your local Stine representative or visit our website.