For years, Stine® has been using its own line of genetically unique inbreds to custom build Stine HP Corn® hybrids. These hybrids are ideally suited for planting in narrower rows and at higher populations, producing shorter, narrower plants than traditional hybrids, with leaves that grow upright to catch more sunlight. Most importantly, these plants have superior standability and disease resistance to ensure they won’t lodge or break down prematurely under increased pressures, and they feature less biomass for more efficient water utilization, making them suitable for high populations.
During the past several seasons, Stine has experimented with these specially developed HP Corn hybrids planted at high populations in ultra-narrow rows. This allowed us to push populations beyond 60,000 plants per acre while still maintaining the equidistant spacing needed for good corn development. In areas with optimum growing conditions, our corn yields exceeded 300 bushels per acre.
As we explore how to combine advanced genetics with efficient use of space, we’re sharing our knowledge with growers who are eager to implement higher populations and unlock their fields’ true potential.