Evaluation of DEKALB® Brand Corn Products in the South

December 14, 2023

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  • Each season the Bayer Learning Center at Scott, Mississippi evaluates market leading DEKALB® brand corn products for adaptability to the southern corn growing region.
  • These experiments are conducted at Scott on different alluvial delta soil types. The Buckshot site is heavy clay, and the Highway site is deep sandy soil.
  • Yield potential and plant characteristics (height, ear size) are important factors to consider when selecting corn products.


  • All field work, tillage, and herbicides were conducted per local standards
  • 250 lb nitrogen applied to both experiments as liquid 30-0-0-2.5

Table 1: Products Planted

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  • The trial used non-replicated strip plots.
  • Plot sizes:
    • Buckshot Field: six-row plots, each 700 ft long
    • Highway Field: six-row plots, each 450 ft long
  • Yield data for both Buckshot and Highway Field was calculated using a commercial combine via whole plot harvest and corrected to 15.5% moisture content.


  • Trials averaged 92% stand establishment post emergence.
  • Buckshot (heavy clay) – Average yields for 2023 were exceptional in this environment, with an average of 195 bu/acre across the study. Several products yielded in the range of 200 bu/acre (Figure 1), indicating DEKALB® brand has a robust offering of corn products for heavy clay soils.
  • Highway Field (deep sand) – Average yields at the Highway location were greater than at the Buckshot location, with an average of 253 bu/acre for Highway Field. Additionally, the top-end yields in this environment for 2023 were in the 280 bu/acre range, with 8 of 12 products demonstrating yields greater than 250 bu/acre (Figure 1).
  • Several of the newest products demonstrated outstanding yield potential while older products, such as DEKALB® DKC65-99 brand, remained solid performers in both environments.
Figure 1. Yield comparison of twelve DEKALB® brand corn products grown on two southern soil types.
Figure 1. Yield comparison of twelve DEKALB® brand corn products grown on two southern soil types.


  • The results of this trial demonstrate that specific DEKALB® brand corn products can produce yields between 195 and 253 bu/acre on average in heavy clay and deep sand, respectively. These are two of the diverse soil types of the Mississippi Delta.
  • Growers should consider their personal preferences and corn product yield potential interaction with local planting conditions when selecting a corn product for the 2024 growing season.
  • Please contact your local DEKALB® brand representative for more information.