Two 30ft twin row planters near Sparta planting Channel DroughtGard corn on light soil. The twin row system spreads the plants in a traditional 30" row into two rows 8" apart. This allows the canopy to close quicker and captures more sunlight early in the season. Harvest is still accomplished with a standard 30" corn head.
The soil conditions were near perfect today for planting the first two plots of the spring. The first plot features DroughtGard hybrids planted on sandy soil. The second is on heavy soil featuring the top existing hybrids along with many new varieties. I will publish a complete plot lineup after all remaining plots are planted. A big thank you goes out to Dan Schwartzel for allowing us to test these great Channel hybrids on his farm.
I planted my Roundup Ready sweet corn 4 days later than I did in 2012. I am glad this important task is done because the next few weeks may be very busy. I hope everyone has a productive and SAFE 2016 planting season. Please call if you need anything including Roundup Ready sweet corn seed.
After risking life and limb with my way too short ladder the hop trellis is complete. I like growing new and challenging plants. Hops are not new to our area. Wisconsin was the #1 producer 90 years ago. Since then production all but went away. The pacific northwest now leads the country in production. Recently due to the micro brewing and home brewing movement demand for local specialty type hops has increased. I believe Wisconsin now has between 100-200 acres of production. I'm not looking to take over the market with my 4 plants. I'm looking forward to watching and learning about this interesting crop.