A corn crop can be hurt in many ways on the road to harvest. Some of the worst damage can occur in a young plant's first days of life. Here are some ways you can protect it.
Corn Yield | In the Beginning
From its very first day, the corn seedling is under attack by much of the world around it. Weeds are the biggest threat, stealing yield from the moment the corn seed settles into the bottom of the seed trench. In this special feature, see why weed control and good early season practices are key to producing high-yielding corn crops.
Randy Dowdy, last year's national corn yield winner, has a quick way to show the perils of uneven corn emergence.
Big yields come behind Kevin Kalb's combine.
David Hula says planter technology prevented this year's month-long planting delay from turning into a catastrophe.
Jason Swede feeds his corn a fine-tuned combination of nutrients for high yields.
Steve Berger does not sacrifice yields in corn fields sown with cover crops and managed with a finely tuned planter.