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- In 2013, south Georgia farmer Tyler Lindsey was the statewide irrigated winner for the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension High Yield Corn Production Efficiency Contest.
- Lindsey says a key to his efficient production was applying poultry litter in his fertilization program.
SOUTH GEORGIA FARMER Tyler Lindsey was Georgia’s statewide corn efficiency contest winner for irrigated production in 2013 with an average yield of 301.8 bushels per acre produced at a cost of $2.87 per bushel.
Poultry litter key to corn efficiency
Once it’s all finally planted this year, Lindsey will have about 400 acres of corn and 600 acres of peanuts.
Looking back at the success of this past year’s corn crop, he says that one key to his efficient production was the use of poultry litter. “On one farm, we applied variable-rate commercial fertilizer, but we applied 3 tons of chicken litter on the other corn – the corn that was tops in efficiency – and it saved us a lot of money. We’ve been using poultry litter for awhile now and have been pleased with the results.”
He says another key factor was variety selection versus soil types, among other things. “I’d have to give that one to Morris Henry from Helena chemical in Moultrie, he stuck right there with me from planting to harvest along with Jason Pittman from Monsanto”
It also helped, he says, that 2013 was one of those “perfect” years for corn. “Everything was done on time, from planting in mid-March through harvest. Although Lindsey received good rainfall in 2013, he still irrigated quite a bit.
“But when the dust settles its real simple – none of this would be possible without the man upstairs. Without the grace of God, none of this would be possible.”
Lindsey’s fertilization programs includes about 100 units of nitrogen when corn is about 8 to 10 inches tall followed by another 150 units, giving him about 250 total units. Then he injects about 60 units.
“We also use a pop-up fertilizer when we plant corn. That always seems to help, especially in a year like this when we’re running behind anyway. We usually treat corn as if we weren’t getting any nitrogen from the chicken litter, but I know now that we are. We can definitely tell a difference where we apply the litter.”