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Optimal Row Width For Corn And Soybean


  • Lambert, Dayton M.
  • Lowenberg-DeBoer, James


Soybean production in narrow rows is not a novel idea. Wiggans (1939) reported yield advantages of drilled soybeans in narrow rows (8-inches) over soybeans planted in 28-inch rows. However, farmers, consultants, and extension agents face a bewildering array of information regarding optimal row widths intended to maximize return from corn and soybeans during a growing cycle. This information is further complicated by the choices of planting equipment specialized for certain row widths. That soybeans planted in narrow rows generally out-yield soybean produced in wider rows is well documented. However, what is not clear is which narrow row width consistently and significantly outperforms other widths, yield-wise and return-wise, in which regions (Devlin et al., 1995).

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  • Lambert, Dayton M. & Lowenberg-DeBoer, James, 2001. "Optimal Row Width For Corn And Soybean," Staff Papers 28681, Purdue University, Department of Agricultural Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:puaesp:28681
    DOI: 10.22004/ag.econ.28681

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