Blogging by the Bushel
With numerous challenges over the past several years for producers, we at Mercer Landmark understand the need for a comprehensive risk management solution. We seek to provide our customers with unparalleled service to ensure maximum results.

By: Clint Muhlenkamp

“Smart Stax RIB really pays!”  Said an excited St. Henry farmer who prefers to remain anonymous.

This was his reaction following the outcome of a corn side-by-side done in his field.  Products in the side-by-side were Croplan’s 6265 Smart Stax  versus a Croplan Round-Up Ready version.  That is two corn varieties, two different results and a huge difference in terms of return on investment.  Here are the outcomes (including drying and shrink):

Sample Size = 0.7886 of an acre

Croplan 6265SS RIB – total weight = 11,320 lbs. / moisture = 24.4% / final  dry yield = 219.9 bushels

Croplan 6178RR – total weight = 9,100 lbs. / moisture = 21.1% / final dry yield = 186.48 bushels

Smart Stax = 33.42 bushel advantage

What does this mean in terms of dollars?  The sample was pulled from a 96 acre field.  In this example if the grower would have planted the entire field in Round-Up Ready corn with no traits, he would have lost out on approximately $12000 ($5/bu, net after shrink and drying costs).  That’s a difference of $124 per acre!

Smart Stax gives superior insect protection which allows for a higher stand count, healthier plants and larger root mass for increased nutrient uptake.  The results are real and the reasons are simple.  Smart Stax pays!

See your Mercer Landmark salesperson today to get your Smart Stax lined up for 2014.

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