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ISSUE DATE: 04/21/2014

Twin-row planting may help increase production

By Jennifer Carrico

Finding a way to produce more corn on fewer acres is the goal of one innovator. Iowa farmer John Frahm decided seven years ago to investigate planting corn in twin rows.

“We wanted to be able to produce more yields on our small farm when the market prices were rising. We started searching for information about twin-row production seven years ago and planted our first field five years ago,” said Frahm, who farms with his father, Ken, in Audubon and Crawford counties in west-central Iowa.

Frahm said they couldn’t simply change to twin-row planting without looking at their farm ground, too.

“Soil health is extremely important for us. We want the corn to never have a bad day. That means knowing when and what to add to the soil or topically in order to get the most out of the plant,” Frahm said.

It is also is important to find the right hybrid when planting in twin rows. Frahm said they look for the right hybrid and have tried several different brands.

“Twin-row planting has been around for a long time, but hasn’t typically been planned by a plant breeder. We are going from 23,000 seeds per acre to 45,000 seeds per acre, so we want to be sure the plants have the best opportunity to grow,” Frahm said.


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Details of farm bill sign-up to be provided at community gatherings
Enhance your financial literacy and capability
Farm Bill Explanation Tour scheduled at 5 locations
Heuermann speaker to focus on water, food security in child development
Livestock indemnity sign-up starts April 15
Missouri Farm Bureau supports prohibiting foreign ownership of state's farmland
Missouri food prices trend higher
New reference book lists uses, origins of important plants
Oklahomans celebrate 125th anniversary of land run
Organize financial records in case of emergency
Peanut breakthrough involved Texas A&M AgriLife scientists
Research progress outlined for Iowa Nutrient Research Center
Tactic for pasteurizing raw eggs kills salmonella, doesn't harm egg quality
U.S. Court of Appeals rejects preliminary injunction request seeking to halt COOL
UN panel: Warming worsens food, hunger problems
Upcoming 'Full Circle…an Aging Expo' planned in Hays
USCA submits fiscal year 2015 appropriations comments
USDA provides farm bill funding for pest, disease management programs

CROPS

BNSF executive comes to address grain industry
Collaborative workshop trains scientists and students in crop improvement, field phenomics
Dry bean plots support numerous cooperative projects
Extension bulletin guides successful cut sunflower production
Farm transition workshop slated May 2 in Stillwater
Growth Through Agriculture awards $330,000 for projects ranging from ice cream to irrigation
Hard freeze could damage some wheat in Kansas
Nebraska producers could increase corn yield by increasing seeding rate
New Focus on Soybean webcasts cover drone technology, no-till
Registration opens for Southwest Kansas Farm-to-Fork Summit in Greensburg
Scientists develop new way to make food ingredient from rice bran oil
Shortage of ag teachers in Nebraska prompts new school loan assistance program
Soybean growing contest provides learning opportunity for Kansas students
Twin-row planting may help increase production
Wheat growers support introduction of federal GMO labeling bill
Winterkill a concern across Kansas

LIVESTOCK

A new probiotic improves pig health, reduces manure output
Alliance Stakeholders Summit panel to address 'Big Ag' myths
Beef Cattle and Forage Crops Field Day set for May 1
Choosing bull turnout time this spring
Commercial Cattle Grading Scholarship Competition results announced
Day on the farm planned May 4 near Hays
'Dressing' for success
Food for Thought to present 'Beefing Up Your Future' April 28
IBBA concludes successful convention
KLA leaders discuss issues with Congress, agency officials
K-State's Sheep and Goat Conference Planned May 2-4
Meat Animal Evaluation Team wins national championship
Missouri House recognizes dairy plight
Missouri House votes to increase hauling limits
Nebraska Cattlemen pleased with passage of LR 399
Northeast Missouri Livestock Person of the Year applications due May 1
Registration now open for regional National Mastitis Council meeting
Stockgrowers accepting applications for 2014 summer intern
Strong cattle prices open door to performing management practices

EDITOR

Big data conversations
Eat protein for breakfast
Oklahoma legislator disagrees with Root
Presses break down too

COLUMNS

A little moisture will go a long way
Company unveils precision hay preservative application system
I stand with Cliven Bundy
Product reduces odor associated with carcass composting
Slow go: Farmers, shippers concerned about impact of rail delays
We're all in the same boat
When Wal-Mart goes organic, where will organic go?

MARKETS

Aberdeen livestock auction report
Amarillo livestock sales summary
Dunlap feeder cattle sales report
Georgia livestock auction summary
Grain market close
Hay trade, movement slow to moderate
Joplin regional stockyards report
Mixed weather Kansas
Most hay selling steady
Pratt livestock auction report
Tulsa livestock sales summary
West Plains regional cattle sales report
West Plains regional cattle sales report
Wheat, soybeans have sharp gains
Woodward livestock sales report

RANGE

New publication highlights prairie conservation strips
Range judging contests are a legacy in Nebraska
Tools available for burning Flint Hills pastures this spring

FAMILY

16th Annual Master Gardener Plant Sale set April 26
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Enjoy seafood, but do so safely
F.A.S.T. Academy prepares students for agriculture's future
Finger-licken' recipes
Get garden irrigation system in shape before the season
Helpful household tips
Lesser prairie-chicken listing catches eye of state lawmakers
Meditation
Missouri State Fair Foundation selects scholarship recipients
Old newspapers can have second life in garden
Pecan producers can sharpen their skills at April 24 workshop
Soil Compaction
Southeast Colorado possible location for food hub
Stately Abigail has striking style

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