CRAWFORDSVILLE, Ind. — For farmers, the pursuit for higher
yields is a critical aspect of business.
The Pursuit of 300, The Road to High Yields Tour highlighted
six farmers across the Corn Belt who are actively seeking innovative ways to
The last stop of the tour was at the Hudson family farm in
Crawfordsville. Curt Hudson and son Chris jointly farm 2,600 acres of corn and
They decided to participate in the program after attending
the Farm Progress Show a year ago.
“The Pursuit of 300 is really not about achieving that (300
bushels per acre). It’s about the journey, about sharing ideas and information,”
said Tom Fry, sales manager of premier products of the Mosaic Co.
“As incredible as production agriculture is today, there’s
still lots of opportunities for improvement. There are ways we can limit the
negative impact of weeds and insects and increase populations.”
Other principles of the Pursuit of 300 include minimizing
impact of weather variability, maximizing light interception in each field and
providing balanced crop nutrition.
The tour was an initiative of the Mosaic Co. Each farmer
participating in the program worked with a Mosaic agronomist and a retail
partner to develop farm-specific plans to increase yields and maximize
“This has been a way for various stakeholders to get
together and share best practices as a team,” said Ron Olson, senior agronomist
at the Mosaic Co. “But it’s also been a great way for these six farmers across
six states to share best practices, to learn from each other.”
A year ago, Olson sat down with the Hudson family to
strategize planting for the year. He and another agronomist provided ideas and
changes for the family to consider in an effort to improve yields.
“For instance, increasing their plant population,” Olson
said. “They’ve been raising high yields, and they’ve been doing it with 20-inch
rows, but we asked them to think about increasing their plant
A plot of more than 100 acres was used as the testing
grounds for new practices at the Hudson farm.
The Hudsons also used new tools to evaluate how nutrition
was being utilized by the crop on the test plot.
“We dug a soil pit to evaluate the health of the root system
that’s feeding this crop,” Olson said. “The system was doing its job. The plant
tissue analysis showed a really good balance of nutrition. All signs lead toward
a good crop this year.”
After harvest, they will compare yield results of the test
plot to the rest of the farm. Chris Hudson said they plan to make practice
changes on a whole-farm basis after learning the results.
“Probably the two most enjoyable aspects of being a part of
the program is obviously having resources like Ron and being able to take
advantage of their expertise,” he said. “But also networking with the other
To follow the journey of the Hudson family farm, visit