Published July 16, 2019 | By Mike Petersen
I just came across this exciting news for the “corn grower”, came via Corn and Soybean Digest, National Science Foundation (NSF) aided in the funding of this decade and longer study to doggedly keep at it to find out what was discovered to a degree those 118+ years ago. Now unraveling the corn genome further and further these scientists wrote in Plant Biotechnology Journal April of this year what the NAC7 gene does. Please click on the link below and read what Corteva, University of Illinois scientists, and NSF has accomplished. This has big ramifications folks when we add small percentages of improvement in crop productivity with other management alternatives. How to make more corn grow bigger crops takes every little move of the needle upwards to have a profitable higher yield than years before.
When corn gets moisture stressed in August and September the DNA switches to shut down the corn plant maybe 5 to 14 days too soon in the Northern Hemisphere. As breeding moves forward this could be a lifesaver for some of the growers reading this.
Add it to your strip till system in the future, we can rock the boat folks.