One of our major research experiments this growing season is our high yield corn ridges. To set this plot up, we planted three rows at a time. Each three rows is set up on its own strip of ridges. There were three different seed varieties, and we planted each variety twice, once with 4 gallons of BP In-Furrow and once with 8 gallons of BP In-Furrow. We then marked of 17 foot sections with three feet of separation between each section to set up our small plots. Each plot is 3 rows that are 17 feet each. We ended up with a total of 157 plots.
Once we had all of this set up, we determined which treatments we wanted to test to try and achieve the highest yield. We decided on a list of 10 different treatments, which we decided to replicate twice on each seed variety/ in-furrow treatment. Total, each treatment will be replicated 12 times. The remaining plots that don’t get used will be used as check plots, or plots that we will use to compare the results of the treated plots with.
So, how do we apply the treatments? All of these treatments are foliar applications, meaning they are sprayed over the top of the corn. We use a standard backpack sprayer for small plots like these.