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Effective Crop Irrigation Pays Off with Higher Corn Yields

by User Not Found | Dec 21, 2017

Corn is one of the most important crops grown around the world. Although you may not realize it, corn is a key ingredient in many of the products you use every day. From the corn meal in baked goods, such as bagels and breads, to the sorbitol in some toothpastes, corn is a very common ingredient. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, 1.04 billion metric tons of corn were produced worldwide in 2014.

If you grow corn, you know how important it is to understand the water requirements of the plant. At each growth stage of a corn plant, specific water requirements must be met to achieve optimal growth and yields. Using precision irrigation techniques to meet these requirements can produce a better harvest.

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The Crop Types: Corn Overview course at will teach you the anatomy and growth stages of a corn plant, plant water requirements, and the basic principles of precision irrigation for corn. This free, easy-to-use resource will give you a better understanding of both how corn grows and how you can adjust your crop irrigation to maximize yields.

Growers who lack irrigation systems must depend on nature for sufficient rainfall, which can be unpredictable at best. Even areas that have adequate annual rainfall and productive soil can see great benefits from precision irrigation. Knowing your crop's growth stage and when to water is crucial. When plants receive the proper amount of water and nutrients at the right time, production improves and growers benefit from higher yields.

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If you already have an account with, you can log in to and take the Crop Types: Corn Overview course. If you would like to sign up for a free account, sign up to register for irrigation training. You can then search for "corn" in the upper right  corner of your screen and click "Crop Types: Corn Overview." Click the "launch" button to begin learning!

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