Corn Wars - Reality Documentary Series - Season 1, Episode 1

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Follow the show on facebook: http://www.fb.me/cornwarstv/ Episode 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vJ4ptjcWTYk Dawn is breaking on the 2017 planting season. Join us as we explore the ultimate expression of man’s cooperation with nature. Turning water, soil, sunshine and seed into a bounty, responsible for feeding the 7 billion humans and countless animals that call earth home, is no easy task. But, five farmers have accepted the challenge. This is their story. he earth’s bounty is seemingly endless, but Mother Nature can also be a stern task-master. She isn’t always keen to cooperate with the men and women responsible for keeping cupboards stocked and bellies full. Too much rain, too little rain, not enough sun, too much wind, hail, and a virtual army of creatures, some too small to be seen by the human eye can all turn America’s farmer from a hero to a zero in a matter of minutes — wiping out entire crops, destroying the nascent hopes of a new season, and in some cases wiping out multi-generational inheritances that the farmer must place at risk each season. The farmer is locked in a delicate dance with the elements, fickle commodities markets ,and all of God’s creatures to unlock nature’s bounty for the benefit of us all. Visit Genesis Ag online at https://www.genesis.ag To purchase products shop at https://www.genesis.ag/shop/

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In a time facing the pressures of global competition in one arena the United States of America still reigned supreme feeding the world and in large parts of America's heartland corn its king now with an ever-growing population and declining prices for their crop farmers are forced to do more with less or go bust every year America's corn farmers do battle not just against unfavorable markets Mechanical challenges and mother nature herself but they engage in a contest against each other to see who can grow the most corn per acre this is corn Wars okay thank you ready to move now nothing works don't worry duking it out that's right we worked on it down until you can figure out what's going on here I guess that's what you say it's in your blood Tell reality check color floods the Indiana sky as an unusually mild Midwest winter gives way to an early 2017 planting season [Music] we live in DuBois little town there I think it was established in 1885 been here my whole life grandfather and his dad's been farming so I guess I'm a fifth generation farmer here just a quiet farming community poultry is really the king around here a Lot of chickens lot of turkeys see we got nice gentle rolling hills a small town a good community a great place to live kevin is eager to get an early start on this year's corn crop I'm really competitive my whole life I'll tell you when we first entered in the contest we had three or four years there we couldn't hit three under bushel and then we finally hit 300 bushel in two or three years till we hit 350 then I kind Of thought it was easy and actually we went almost 375 there now the last three years we've not been able to achieve them yields that we had like in 13 and and I blame a lot of it on our weather you know like last year we had a really good shot at it but it was just no sunlight you know we had like 30% less solar radiation is what our normal year is and the plus to high temperature so with us being non irrigated you know we can't really finagle with the weather It's kind of how it is you know I hate getting beat we're gonna win Cold War's how about that maybe if David don't enter with new life Dawn's new hope and for one Indiana farmer that hope is that a goal that has been eluding him for the better part of a decade may finally be in his grasp make mixing this up because this does take a little bit of time to put all this needed ingredients to grow corn I'm Putting insecticide in he's putting in about in Terre and what a lot of people don't realize is you know to grow good corn you just it's just impossible or we've not found a way to just go out there and plant you know we need the core needs assistance and humic and fulvic acids sugars anything to try to help boost that plant on the start he's hopeful that this year's crop will be the one that brings him the non irrigated corn world record [Music] [Music] so parker schnabel ain't got nothing on us the elite promised land a 400 Buckhorn that's it's kind of what we've been striving for and been close but just haven't quite made that yet [Music] Hey look here's a lot of porn that went on today we're gonna go down and just see if it is there and all offending Down the river bottom [Music] let's see you hell it's wet here yep so actually what we do you can see how it's kind of airing off air in a few spots there but all day sunshine today I'd say tomorrow this will go we can be planting all this tomorrow and this right here will have five contest entries in here it looks like some of the tile rooms are starting to dry out up on that upper ends or Oh down 400 down there now felt a warm I ground this yeah this will go to the mall yeah it's warm down about two inches the neat thing is you know we don't have the black soil but uh just from being dark from the rain moisture the ground is warmed up since that rain it is warmer than what the dry ground or the arid off ground is just from being darker all more sunlight heat units so this is the field we talked about a little bit the river has always been out the last four Or five years that we can't plant early you gotta be able to plan early oh yeah it's that's key you've got to catch as much sunlight during grain fill as you can when we can plant this ground early this ground has always been about 30 to 40 bushel better than that ground out there maybe this is the field to hit for him we're sure the hell gonna try we have a shot of that River right there stays in its banks this this this field here can Do it I think but this is this will be the first year we've had this field here in a contest so what you see [Music] kevin is among a small group of farmers who routinely push mother nature to the very limits and occasionally she pushes back [Music] wait for a phone call see where he had Kevin is risking everything by deciding to plant early But the risk is worth the yield well one doors is about [Music] take it easy applause David don't we just do fan [Music] plant corn [Music] [Music] [Music] [Music] [Music] Man furrow pump won't pump back the pump that moves Kevin's fertilizer from his tank to the rows where he plants his seeds and stopped working it could have devastating impact on his yields so work on it down until we figure out what's going on here meanwhile at King David Hula's farm in Virginia we're here in wood forest you know we're located on the banks of the James River big historical area just west of Jamestown where it all started here in the United States for years and years we've been trying to push their yields up rent food farms my granddad purchased the farm back in the early 1930s and I'm currently the third generation farm and we had the fourth generation farmer as well but blessed to have opportunity pawn with my late granddad currently farming with my dad the corn war so it will be duking it out that's right you know that eggs kind of different we're All competing to get good prices but and we try to have more bushels but we all want everybody to be successful so it's not like where we should bad luck on somebody but sometimes unfortunately take somebody's bad luck for everybody else at a good price I remember when my granddad talked about picking the first hundred bushel corn and then when we got into 200 bushel corn then we tapped into 300 you know we thought that was the limit and we've just gone right past That in the last five six years this can be some tough ground we don't get rained it can be kind of tough this is a finds and a line [Music] and some of this ground has been dug up for sand and gravel and then reclaimed so it doesn't have water-holding capacity and we're four or five days from a drought on this type of dirt we get a hot spell and you know we can Be burned up there's a 100 Acre field just over there where that house is and I picked them all day pick that field and we average four bushels to the acre for so so it can be dry so you know we do have some irrigation on this ground what's this which is much-needed raise the risk out and so we've gone from that ground where it only produced four bushels then I was on a dry year and it was extremely dry to where we have severe data that Producing them it is same tracker drown yeah so not just water and plant seed it takes a lot of management so when I drop the planter down and it gets too it says it needs to play drop seen we are ready to go yeah I'm just going to take it straight and put it in their Inferno time okay and others are doing pretty bad yeah I'd like for you to add enough water to it to make it Five gallons if you don't have that another product and I like it yeah so we're just we're just now getting started planting but I'm not even in that field yet okay that's right yeah we can turn into liquor and turn it into gasoline turn it into food for sure and then starches plastics and corns got a lot of uses hey yella go that's right fun fact sweet corn or the corn we eat at our dinner tables makes up only one percent of the corn planted in the United States the rest known as field corn is grown for animal feed the materials industry and ethanol meanwhile at the cob farm in Indiana I was messing with the wires here baton were you messing with anything in there kiss my it runs for about two seconds well it worked when we planted that field over there it worked and he come up changed and changed a pump or something on it and said it worked that was yesterday morning he said he's Got a something with a bank or something and he'll be down everyone for about a second or two and quit everything's on the service truck they said they can picture of the specs of a pump at that time under [Music] yeah dances captain top you guys have ever flow little effort some is completely packed full I'm wondering if that's it I don't think It's the machine all the products fault I just think it's a little fish now we'd be running higher fertilizer rate I think we'd be good children Jonathan you want to take that filter off unbelievable always handsome ain't it and that too I got my starter already and furro already make we come expect this first day of really Tron so our plan [Music] dealing with them and furrow [Music] see the yields that we do is happy grin and Barrett blimp [Music] I mean the money that you make [Music] [Music] everything we do just family [Music] So [Music] my girls [Music] you [Music] we all enjoy doing this but it's a business have to be profitable edit some capacity [Music] when I went to North Carolina State professor oftentimes said don't start Planting corn till the dogwoods of lemon [Music] people say farmers work hard we we don't work physically hard like I did as a kid or my dad or granddad but we put a lot more hours in because of the convenience is a plant later and Eve and could you all the gauges are kind of monitoring what's going on you're gonna get a curveball sorry we deal with it but yeah we're good as they do to get mad gives you high blood pressure we as Producers got to feed the people and you know we just need to get more bushels a lot of hard work to achieve some higher yields but as we push their yields up in some of these yield contests or some plots we learn stuff from that and then we start incorporating that into our overall production lower corn prices of forest growers like David to improve his efficiencies and grow more bushels per acre or be forced to give up his family Farm to someone who can we have identified several things that are incredible and the first being that of even emergency when you can get the corn off to a good even stand and not it not only just placement but also emergence that seems to give us our best opportunity to start off with a good foundation then we just have to focus on plant health [Music] [Applause] I've heard other people say the best thing you can see in your field is your shadow so that means you're out there trying to do something and you're trying to fix whatever problems you do have [Music] [Music] it's a lifetime fulfillment enjoyment - I'll be here at really far in 2015 at renwood farms virginia david hula set the corn yield world record at just over 532 bushels per acre that same year the average American corn farmer had a yield of 160 8.4 bushels per acre meanwhile at the Cobb farm in Indiana guess I was twenty years old [Music] at my dad's old 1468 started out with paid $500 because I first wore in Lander six throw international behind I lost my dad's mouth 14 everything I ever tried to do throwing up thank him proud pass away [Music] and always watch [Music] without any help [Music] got one row active UV this is not a feel a good feel to be doing this for the contest would that be like that problem is I looked at it twice I don't know what it is He makes the tough call to continue on despite the risks he needs to get the corn in the ground but now the machines are fighting back which star down this face here first Dave whatever call infernal problem Sam no I think planning for Horrigan CGEN trees as we speak right now it's goddamn good for the parcours David of California but seriously so Yeah it's a lot of trouble today first day of planning will crawl the front Ramos tonight the vector Tal Afar a really the most important thing is mother nature from me you know the two 3-inch rains don't kill us or six really wipe us out if I can control in the weather I probably went beep off or if I Could I keep like in the key [Music] you know there's a lot of farmers it's like me you know we get a dry weather pattern they're like us it's all terrain two or three days so you know we like part of the mend not all there try to get as much done as we can you don't have a lot of window time get your crops planted so you better rather work into the night late night The next will be [Music] next time on corn Wars water is swallowing streets railroad tracks vehicles and buildings we have 10 inches in 8 hours just flat-out struck all the cuss words just all of them all once one or two little things can make a big difference and when you're doing what we're trying to do and I've finished this field and started the one we're gonna be in this morning how can Everything work before it's time to go and then when it's time to go everything goes to several 48 hour days in my those kind of suck after a while but if we shut the cameras off in work I guess that's what you say it's in your blood if it's really competition against myself you know I want to see how good I can be or what's the best I can produce on this ground up here four hours later it's come out with a

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