This is a corn geek sort of entry; I'm looking at my year-end corn results and comparing them to a neighbors corn crop.
|Most stalks have 2 ears, some have 3 ears. average 2.3 ears per corn stalk|
|the top ear is one of mine, the bottom is the neighbors corn that's about 2 weeks ahead of mine|
(if you want to run your own estimator math, I'm using 30" rows, 8" between the plants, and an average of 40 harvestable ears per 1/1000 of a row or 40 ears per 17'5")
The neighbors corn was planted for use as silage to feed dairy cows, and it's a different corn than what I planted. It has one ear per corn stalk, and the ears are smaller. My ears have 41 kernels average length, with 14 kernels average diameter. The neighbors ears have 32 length and 11 diameter, but the biggest difference is that my corn has multiple ears per stalk and his only one ear per bushel -- using the same corn estimator, I'm getting 200+ bushels per acre and he's getting 80.
The field that the neighbor is using has been continuous corn for at least the 3 years I've been watching; this is the first year of corn for mine, and that may explain the yield difference too.
Saturday I'll be hooking the corn head up to the combine and getting everything greased and ready to go. We're probably at least weeks if not a month from combining it, but if there's any wrinkles I'd like to get them worked out now.