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Published September 08, 2010, 01:50 PM

Farmer’s first attempt at corn gets good results

SOLOMON, Kan. — A central Kansas farmer’s first effort to grow corn yielded such good results that it is contending in a national corn yield contest.

SOLOMON, Kan. — A central Kansas farmer’s first effort to grow corn yielded such good results that it is contending in a national corn yield contest.

Jack Cossette says several factors, including good weather and a crop consultant, helped lead to the high yield in a field two miles southwest of Solomon in Saline County.

The Salina Journal reports that Cossette has been farming for his brother for eight years but this was the first corn crop. His yield on Tuesday was 162.76 bushels from 3.4 acres. Cossette says he thought the yield would be higher.

Wheat, soybeans and milo are the staple crops in Saline County. But Tom Maxwell, an agricultural extension agent, says improvements in drought tolerance among corn hybrids — and increasing prices — are causing more farmers to consider corn.

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