Dr. Ignacio Ciampitti discusses 1st Corn School

(Dr. Ignacio Ciampitti) Hello, my name is Dr. Ignacio Ciampitti, and we are here in Wichita on our first 2017 Kansas State Corn School. Key topics that some of the speakers who are highlighting on this event who are related to wheat control, very critical for successful corn production; economics, fertilization and corn efficient and use of nutrients, looking at soil sampling, looking at about how to improve efficiency. Some of the topics also were involved all around the idea of input savings and also efficiency. We have speakers connecting insect applications and updating on insect issues in corn. Speakers also connecting us with disease, importance of disease and new disease on corn and how they are affecting productivity if we don’t treat it right on time. New topics as speed planters and how those speed planters, how fast we can plant corn. Then my presentation was more focused also on efficiency. I think that efficiency is one of the key topics for 2017. When I’m talking about efficiency, we’re not talking about maximizing yields but we’re talking about maximizing yields by minimizing input cost. And that’s the key topic for next coming years in this challenging production environment. Key aspects to consider from the corn production standpoint, seeding rate. Look at the right seeding rate for your right yield environment. Second aspect, look at the high yields. High yields are a key factor. High yields they are less expensive but they’re still high yielding or very good yielding for your area. It might be that’s your best choice. So high yield selection is another factor when you’re looking about savings. Look at our on-farm ideas, on-farm type of research, looking at our narrow rows in some situations, whenever we can probably find good planters and good possibility to use narrow rows to improve weed control and minimize the use of inputs for controlling weeds and closing the canopy faster. Another last point that I focused my presentation was on the on-farm research. How we are helping farmers on really fine-tuning their production systems. Seeding rate is a really great example if you are looking at your own farm. You might find very different possibilities of optimizing your yields based on productivity, based on different environments. So stay tuned, more information on these topics will come very soon in near future. Also, as an outcome of these programs, we’ll have very soon coming our Soybean and Sorghum Schools. Make sure to check on agronomy@ksu.edu our website for the K-State Agronomy Department. In that website, you will find the e-update tab, click on the e-update and you will find all the information on how to register to our Soybean and Sorghum Schools. Three soybean schools will be offered across the state, and it will be on the week of January 24, we are going to Parsons, then from there we’re going to Hesston and the last school will be in Highland Community College. On sorghum we will go four locations. It will be on the week, last week of January first week of February and we will go from Colby then from there Wichita, Concordia and our last one will be in Iola. So make sure to check on those schools and make sure to register before the event and we will look forward to see you all there.

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