Epagri and UFSM publish a book that points out ways to increase corn production in SC

SC seeks to increase corn production by increasing grain productivity in areas already used

18.04.2023 | 15:28 (UTC -3)
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SC seeks to increase corn production by increasing grain productivity in areas already used; Photo: Aires Mariga/Epagri
SC seeks to increase corn production by increasing grain productivity in areas already used; Photo: Aires Mariga/Epagri

A joint effort by the technical teams at Epagri and FieldCrops at UFSM, aiming to identify ways to increase corn production in the state of Santa Catarina with productive efficiency and profitability for the producer, resulted in the book “Potential and gaps in corn productivity in Santa Catarina”, recently launched by the two institutions.

The publication can can be downloaded for free on the UFSM website.

In the work, the subjects are addressed in a simple and objective way, to facilitate the understanding of productivity potential, productivity potential limited by water, productivity gaps and management factors that promote productivity losses in corn crops in Santa Catarina.

The book is the result of a Cooperation Agreement between UFSM and Epagri. It is a global protocol, with 75 participating countries, with local application. In Santa Catarina, the study sought to estimate the potential productivity of corn in different regions and identify the main gaps that prevent the achievement of greater productivity, as a way of increasing the production of this cereal through process-based management, considering the current area of cultivation.

In the State, the project was carried out during the 2020/2021 and 2021/2022 agricultural harvests, covering 39 municipalities and approximately 300 monitored crops. At Epagri, the actions were coordinated by the Chapecó researcher, Leandro do Prado Ribeiro.

“We thank and congratulate Epagri extensionists and researchers for their brilliant contribution to the sustainability of corn production in Santa Catarina. Increasing production by increasing grain productivity in areas already used for agriculture is a commitment that we have with future generations”, says professor Alencar Zanon, coordinating the FieldCrops Team.

Leandro highlights that, in addition to the e-book, a round of lectures – called “Giro Técnico do Milho” – will be held between the 20th and 23rd of June 2023 to discuss the main results of the project in person in the main corn producing regions. corn from Santa Catarina.

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