STATESVILLE, N.C. — Side-dressing equipment and technology is emerging to help farmers improve yield. But is it worth the investment in time and equipment? A team of field crop agents from across the state worked together to answer this question.
In this video we take you to commercial farms, demonstrate side-dressing equipment and show you the results of our replicated research trial.
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Treatments at all sites:
1) 0 lbs N
2) 150 lbs N pre-plant
3) 150 lbs N sub-surface center applied with coulter;
4) 150 lbs N surface dribble 4-6” from the corn stalk (Ydrop)
Results: The results showed that the Coulter and Y-drop were significantly similar in yield. While the Pre-plant treatment yielded significantly less. This site showed that split applications increase yield and that coulter and y-drop applications are similar.
We are continuing this project in 2021 funded by the North Carolina Corn Growers Association and are planning to hold small, in-person field days. Contact any of the agents in the video above for details.
–Jenny Carleo, N.C. State Extension