This is the official webpage for our Farm Credit Test Plot! Check back to this page periodically for updates. If you're interested in last year's yield results, you can see the report here.
- March 9, 2021 - The Podfather
A must watch this week, March 11, on RFD-TV. The new series called "The Podfather" features four farmers, two of which are local Mid-Atlantic farmers. Temple Rhodes, 10th generation farmer from Centreville, Maryland, is owner and operator of Chestnut Manor Farm, where we have our corn test plots. Chris Weaver, 6th generation farmer from Finskburg, Maryland, participates in our test plots with Agri-Gold corn hybrids. Check out this preview and tune in this week to see how their soybean crops grew last year on The Podfather.
- November 3, 2020 - Harvest and Results
Our irrigated and dry land corn test plots were harvested on November 3, 2020 with grain cart scales to collect the data. Click here to view all of the results. Our dry land plot had some flooding due to excessive fall rains and our irrigated plot suffered some green snap due to an early July wind storm.
If you have any questions about the test plots, feel free to give us a call at 888.339.3334, or reach out to your local seed dealer about the hybrids. We hope to continue these plots next year to provide you with un-biased data and a field day in the summer to network with local grain farmers and seed companies.
- September 17, 2020 - A Look at the Varieties
We missed seeing everyone in person this year for the Field Day at our Test Plot. However, we’ve compiled these photos for you to check out up close, virtually! Read the captions on each photo to learn the variety, maturity and whether it’s irrigated or dryland. If you have a question about any variety, reach out and we will put you in touch with the local seed dealer.
Harvest is coming up this month, and we’re excited to gather and compile the yield results to share with you. We’ll be using a weigh wagon in addition to the monitor results to ensure accuracy in data collection.
Feel free to reach out with any question you may have about our irrigated and dry land test plots. Happy Harvest!
- July 21, 2020 – Growing Season Update from the Plot
It’s been a long, hot summer so far on Delmarva. Our dry land and irrigated test plots are luckily looking good. We talked with John Draper, Agronomic Program Manager of the University of Maryland’s Wye Research Farm, last week at our plots to get an update on the growing season. Watch the interview here.
With the recent storms and strong winds, and in some areas drought, crop insurance is especially important. Farm Credit crop insurance agent Emily Walbert has been working with the owner of Chestnut Manor Farms, where our test plots are located, for five years to protect his bottom line. Emily shared some insight with us on what to do if your crops have been damaged:
- Must call crop insurance agent within 72 of hours of damage occurring to trigger a claim If the crop is non-recoverable,
- an adjuster must come out to do an appraisal
- Do NOT destroy any crop without speaking to an adjuster.
- May 28, 2020 – Our test plots have been planted!
Our 2020 irrigated and dry land corn test plots were planted on May 20 at Chestnut Manor Farm in Centreville, MD. The spring weather caused a slightly later planting date this year compared to last year, but we are optimistic that the plots will grow as bountiful as last year, providing insightful data for our grain members on Delmarva.
Signs will be going up along Route 309 this summer so you can watch the varieties grow and follow the progress. We will continue to post updates here as the growing season progresses.
See the charts below for the planting order of both plots.
DRY LAND PLOT
- April 10, 2020 – New Year, New Plot
We are planting a corn test plot again this year along Route 309 in Centreville, Maryland to provide our customers with data results and a unique networking and educational opportunity.
New for 2020 will be two plots, an irrigated plot and a dryland plot. Each company will be able to enter one variety in each category. The irrigated plot will have a maturity range of 110-120 days and the dryland plot will have a maturity range of 107-115 days.
Last year, we had more than 100 farmers and industry professionals across Delmarva attend our Field Day to learn about 23 corn varieties from 12 seed companies. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have decided to not hold a Field Day this year in order to keep our customers and staff safe. Throughout the growing season, we'll share updates about the plot on this page and social media.
Once the results are gathered after harvest, we'll compile them into a report to share with our customers and publish it here. We learned a lot from last year, and to ensure there are no errors with the data recording, we will be using a weigh wagon in addition to the monitor results.
In order to be unbiased and represent a variety of dealers across Delmarva, the following companies have been invited to participate.
Augusta Seed East Coast Seed Mid-Atlantic Seeds
Axis Growmark FS Pioneer
Channel Hubner Seed Consultants
Dekalb LG Seeds Stine Seed
Dyna Gro Local Seed Co Weaver Seed
Check back soon to see the planting order and more updates!