Re: Yield Variability
Rich Molini (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Thu, 29 Oct 1998 00:12:43 +0000
I'm going to tell Chuck to take the bet. Chuck, on an organic farm low
chem input, not a plot. DW sounds like most researchers four plots, four
reps, "fourever". Of course, this is only anecdotal, but I grew a suited
hybrid along side of my OP in a field 1100' X 200 in central Indiana(
right around 5 acres, 1/2 and 1/2) in 36" rows (pop. right around 18).
Yellow blossom sweet clover planted for plowdown in July 97 after wheat
harvest was plowed down late April of 98. Planted May 15 no fertilzer,
no herbicides, no insecticides, and no nothing but a little hope. Only
one rotary hoe and one sweep cultivation because of very wet weather
early. Only .6 rain from July 20 to Sept2. Hybrid yield was 92 bu/acre
at 17% and the OP was 90 bu/acre at 15%. More OP less water, and I
haven't got all the leaners out of my Reed OP which originated in Wis.
Maybe the conditions were a little unusual, but when aren't they.
Wilson, Dale wrote:
> Hi Chuck,
> > and said that his data show that there would be very little
> > difference in yields harvested today from the good open
> > pollinated corn varieties of the 1970s
> > in contrast to the best hybrids, when both are grown
> > in soil, climate where there are ample nutrients, water,
> > sun, and little pest pressure.
> Are you kidding?! Adapted hybrid corn varieties at appropriate stand
> density would beat the socks off the best available OP's. The best
> synthetics might be a closer challenge, but even then I'd bet the hybrids
> would be clearly better.
> In fact, let's bet. Let's do a joint yield trial. We do lots of small-plot
> research. I can get my department to put out eight 4 row x 20' plots in at
> least one location (four reps of two varieties, harvest center two rows). If
> you, or someone else can supply a location or two, we would have a decent
> trial. It would be nice to have a location or two under low-input
> conditions, as well as the highly favorable conditions you described (I want
> to give you a fighting chance!).
> Here is the kicker. If you win, we will coauthor a paper with ME as senior
> author to Agronomy Journal admitting the superiority of OP corn. If I win,
> we will coauthor a paper with YOU as senior author to Journal of Alternative
> Agriculture or similar outlet, admitting the superiority of hybrid corn. In
> fact, I'll even give you a twenty bu/A head-start.
> Either way, we can promote this as an example of research via the internet.
> It will be fun.
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