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5 Quick Tips For Choosing Seed

Dec 31, 2020

Seed is the baseline for yield. What you choose for seed sets the tone for the season.

Be sure to consider the following to set yourself up for success.
  1. Maturity: Too short of maturity you might give up yield potential, while too long puts you at risk for frost damage. As a rule of thumb, corn needs to reach blacklayer a minimum of two weeks before a killing frost and soybeans need to reach full maturity.
  2. Yield: Go field by field to set yield goals. Base this on the field’s historical yields and combine that information with seed research to make sure you’re not cutting yourself short.
  3. Defend: Again, go field by field and review past issues to plan for potential yield-robbers. Consider agronomic or biotech traits that might be able to help defend your crops against weeds, insects, diseases or nematodes.
  4. Cover: Most corn seed comes pre-treated but there are often options to increase your defense. Carefully consider your risk and your seed treatment coverage.
  5. Diversify: Don’t put all your eggs in one basket. Compare seeds to make sure you’re not planting the same hybrid or variety on too many acres, or too similar of genetics across a large number of your acres.

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