With an increase in corn demand, some farmers are planting more corn-on-corn acres. But demand is not the only factor affecting planting decisions. Soil quality, yield, fertilizer costs, equipment, time and seed choices are just a few of the factors that play a role in planting continuous corn. Conservation management also is an important part of the farming operation.
Every producer’s farm is different. Here are a few things to consider if you plant continuous corn.
- Soil fertility may be affected when crops are not rotated. Some studies have shown yield drag; others have noted no change in yields.
- Will you have to till the land to maximize yield on your farm?
- Do you have the time and/or manpower to plant and harvest additional corn? Have you considered your equipment needs for additional corn acres?
- How is your revenue-per-acre affected?
The links below provide information for farmers to use in their decision-making on the farm regarding continuous corn.