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Friday, July 7, 2017

How precision farming is increasing corn yield for Kellogg's cornflakes.

How precision farming is increasing corn yield for Kellogg's cornflakes. Much has changed since his great-great-grandfather first broke sod in 1849. On their 12,000-acre farm between Danville, IL, and Ambia, IN, Randy W. uses technology, machinery and a team of five people to help plant corn that goes into Kellogg’s Corn Flakes. “We can plant 500 acres in a day with one planter…and we have two. My father used to plant 500 acres for an entire season,” Randy says. “It takes patience and precision.” Randy points to precision as one key to sustainable agriculture. “With high-tech mapping of our fields we know what areas carry more moisture or which need fertilizer or herbicides. Then we spoon on as little as is needed. It is better for the environment that way.” He is quick to add with a smile, “and it saves money” Doing more with less is a common theme among farmers today both for sustainability and economics. [A lot of the younger generation] go to school, and sometimes they don’t come back to the farm. So you have to continue to do more with fewer people, and that’s where technology plays a part. more