The paradigm we'll present is based on corn grain yield data from the following protocol:
Screen corn varieties for those that meet our (maximum) grain flex threshold with best management practices and state of the art yield levels.
Place those (very few varieties) that meet it, into twin row studies on 60 inch centers, (if currently equipped for 30 inch row controls).
Split the studies by population treatments and determine their respective new variety specific/ production environment, population thresholds.
Produce another 'sunlight compatible' short season or winter grain crop that performs several* additional functions where the vacated corn row would've been.
The data will show
1. Selected (very few) corn varieties can produce as much or more corn in 60 inch twin rows as they produce in state of the art 30 inch rows.
2. producing another crop of observed normal production levels on the area normally occupied by the vacated (every other row) corn rows.
3. Where 36 inch row controls were used, 72 inch twin rows performed equally as well as 60 inch rows (1, above).
4. That single row yields don't match the yield of twin rows.
* three 10 inch rows of winter grain centered over the, just harvested, twin corn row serves
1. to resume the biosynthesis of atmospheric CO2 after the corn crop has stopped the process,
2. as a scavenger for residual nitrogen,
3. as living ground cover, 4. erosion control, 5. an often critical dewatering function,
6. as a nurse crop for an appropriate** stubble legume crop,
7. as a (wind barrier) protected microclimate for newly emerged corn seedlings and completes its demand
for production inputs before the corn canopy begins to deprive it of its solar caytalyst.
8. as an alternative model to maximize our sustainable photosynthetic sourced production potential.
** that in addition to enhancing 1-5 above; sources specific mychhorizae, fixes N, produces an early and exceptionally robust forage crop at grain harvest, and a unique seedbed base for the following spring's corn crop.