Field Corn Recommendations for Nebraska


“I would like to get started planting open pollinated field corn on our farm but I do not know which ones would fit our soils the best. I am located in East central Nebraska and the main use for the corn will be feed for the feedlot cattle but whatever we do not feed will get sold to the local elevator. I am not interested in tall leafy corn because I do not feed any silage. I am however, interested in a good quality high yielding corn that I can try on a few acres and see how it dose before I plant it on all the ground. Also what is a good seeding population. I hope we can do business together. Thanks”

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For your part of Nebraska, I would recommend either Best o’ Show 722 Hybrid or Reid’s Yellow Dent (open-pollinated).  The reason why I recommend these is that they do have higher yield rates of ears/kernels than many of our other field corn varieties and because they would be better suited for your area.

Best o’ Show 722 Hybrid is a medium-late hybrid that combines remarkable yields with good eye appea, excellent disease resistance, and broad adaptability to be the variety to grow if you farm south of I-80.  Best O’ Show 722 is a power-packed, single-cross hybrid with ruggedness, eye appeal, huge yellow ears, vigorous emergence, and early plant health.  It grows taller than all other hybrids except Hybrid Goliath Silo and can be  used either for grain or for ensilage.  Excellent for no-till.  Adapts to a wide range of soil types.  Excellent tolerance to stress.  Matures in 110-115 days.  Plant at a population of 22-26K kernels for best results.

Reid’s Yellow Dent dates back to the 1840’s, when it originated as a cross between ‘Gordon Hopkins’, a late, light red variety, and an early yellow flint variety.] The cross was accidental: Robert Reid had a poor stand of ‘Gordon Hopkins’ one year and replanted the missing hills with the early yellow flint corn. He grew the hybrid until it stabilized. ‘Reid’s Yellow Dent’ is one of the most productive, hardy corns ever developed, and was a prize winner at the 1893 World’s Fair and progenitor of a number of yellow dent lines. This old-timer is well known in the Mid-Atlantic region, where it is revered for its adaptability and dependability in southern heat and soils. Stalks to 7′ with 9 in. double ears well filled with 16 rows of deep, close-set, moderately flat seed. Average analysis is 9.9% protein and 0.31% lysine.

As for good seeding population, you want to put in about 15 lbs. (about 20,000-22,000 seeds) per acre.

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