David Hula, on the back of his new 532 bushel per acre corn yield world record gave us a tour of his farm on the banks of the James river in Virginia. David sat down with us to discuss his thoughts regarding the new world record and the lessons he picked up along the way that can benefit other farmers.
“It’s an a-ha moment, It’s like, wow that did work.”
“In 2015 we had our highest full farm average corn yield since we’ve been cropping at least 500 acres of corn.”
Several years ago, David wasn’t sure that he’d ever reach 400 bushels an acre. Now, at over 532 bushels per acre of corn, he’s feeling blessed.
“It’s an a-ha moment,” he said. “It’s like, wow that did work. Now, we just need to put it on more acres. And then share the news with other folks to see if they can duplicate that.”
It was in this spirit of sharing that we asked David to take the time to share some of his key insights that have allowed him to achieve consistently outstanding results over the last several years.
“In achieving high yields we’ve identified several things that are critical, and the first thing would be emergence,” David started.
“When you can get the corn off to a good even stand, that seems to give us the best opportunity — to start off with a good foundation. When we see that first spike-let coming out of the ground we want every plant to be up within 4-6 hours of that initial plant coming up. If you start seeing 8, 12, 24 hours, 2 days difference in plant emergence then your plants are starting to become competitive with one another down the road.”
“We’ve been striving to improve the even emergence on our corn, and we started using the invigor8 product from Genesis Ag. And boy, we started seeing some great benefits from that — even emergence as well as better plant health and root development. From the time the corn emerges, even in the stressed conditions we often run into, we just see a better crop.
“…this invigor8 is the one product that we can assure them that they are going to have a return on their investment.”
“When we go out to our customers and offer them the opportunity to improve their yields, invigor8 is the one product that we can assure them that they are going to have a return on their investment. Most growers want to test it, and we applaud them for that. They’ll test it, and next year they’re gonna wanna put more, next year they’re gonna put more, and then before long it’s gonna be on all the acres that they have that feel comfortable planting with.
“In our experience, you know, when something has worked continuously over and over again, and you test it, at some point in time you just gotta stop testing it because it performs. And, this is one of those. To me this product is a no-brainer, and it will give you the return on your investment.”
“The second thing that we really like to see is plant health. We are big into plant health, and one of those areas a lot of people overlook are micro nutrients. We’ve gotten a benefit from applying micro nutrients.
“We’ve been pulling tissue samples on a weekly basis and we’ve identified some micro nutrient challenges that we’ve had over time. And, Genesis’ MicroBoom has been beneficial to all our crops — not only our corn but our soy, wheat, barley, and oat crops.