Response To Population Score

Each year farmers have several decisions to make about how they are going to maximize yield potential.  With seed being one of the most expensive input cost, farmers need to make sure they are capitalizing on that investment.

Understanding response to population scores on hybrids you are selecting will be key to ensuring you are maximizing that seed investment. Let’s dive into how response to population scores can help you select those hybrids.
Response to populations scores reveal what hybrids thrive at high populations or lower populations. 

  1.  High Response to Population Score are hybrids that have the potential for a yield increase
  2. Moderate Response to Population Score are hybrids that can achieve high yields at average populations. 
  3. Low Response to Population Scores reflects a flex ear type hybrid that can reach acceptable yields at low populations.

Winfield United has researched response to populations scores and identified average bushels at stake.  Over a 7-year period Winfield United found 8.3 bushel and in 2017 9.7 bushels up for grabs solely based on response to population scores.  So, how are you going to go after those bushels?

Reviewing historical soil, yield and profitability maps is a great way to evaluate field performance.  This sets up opportunities to maximize yield potential in your fields by selecting the correct hybrids for those specific areas.  This is where response to population scores come into play, the high performing areas will most likely benefit from a high response to population score hybrid and in the poorer performing areas a low population score hybrid should be consider.  You don’t want to compromise yield potential by not optimizing population.

Through the Yield Quest program, you have access to these tools to help you optimize population in your fields. Contact your local Centra Sota crop advisor to discuss response to populations scores and how you can place them on your fields.

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