Many producers and industry representatives are focused on boosting yields for Ontario producers. But when it comes to corn, it is Dean Glenney who continues to push through the corn yield glass ceiling.
First he broke through the 200 bushels per acre.
Then he continued to break even his own records pushing past 230, 250 and 270 bushels per acre.
Even with last year’s drought he managed to break through the 300 bushel per acre—in an area designated a drought-affected area, no less.
What’s his secret?
That’s what I want to find out.
Because he’s doing it in Haldimand County, right here in our own Golden Horseshoe area and he’s one of our own Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association members.
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As I’m ushered into his office to await him, my eyes quickly scan the room.
The office in the family’s historic farmhouse is spacious, bright and nicely furnished. The rows of reference books and the well-organized files tell the story that while the office is attractive, there is no mistaking it as indeed command central for the assortment of businesses and ongoing projects Glenney overseas.
But what really catches my eye is the beautiful orchid in the bowed office window.
Most potted orchid plants I have seen are but single stemmed with only a few blooms on them, whereas this plant is large and substantial, with probably a hundred blooms or more cascading from the stem. It is positively magnificent and I’ve never seen anything like it before.
I’m still admiring it when Glenney enters the room.
Greetings and pleasantries are exchanged, and I don’t pass on the opportunity to tell him how absolutely amazing his plant is.
He smiles, and tells me there’s a story to that plant.
He said last year the plant had 195 blooms on it. He hasn’t counted them yet this year, but he said unlocking the secret of the orchid is the same as unlocking the genetic yield potential of the corn.
It sounds intriguing…and should make for an excellent story.
Watch for it in the Summer 2013 edition of “goldenhorseshoe”, available June 2013.
The Haldimand Soil and Crop Improvement Association selected Dean Glenney as the member profile for the Summer 2013 edition of the “goldenhorseshoe” newsletter, available June 2013.