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Seed Selections for High-Yielding Hybrid Performance

Categories: PLANNING, CORN

Since forecasting the weather weeks in advance is impossible, planting 2 or more genetic families is important to offset risk. Golden Harvest is one of the leaders in providing hybrid choices with unique heterotic backgrounds to help reduce the consequences of unforeseen weather when planted in combination with one another. Now, how do you place those hybrids in the right fields to get the most out of them?

  • Match your hybrid trait options to each field’s agronomic needs: What is the crop rotation history of the field? What insects or diseases have caused the most problems in that field over the past few years? The answer to those first 2 questions will help you with your placement decisions. If there has been significant pest pressure, regardless of crop rotation, use the hybrid with the newest trait options for insects. A good example is using Agrisure Duracade® 5222 E-Z Refuge®, which delivers a trait package that provides multiple modes of action for corn rootworm protection. Agrisure 3122 E-Z Refuge is a convenient option because you can rotate from Agrisure Duracade to a different mode of action for CRW within the Agrisure traits portfolio. If you're not growing continuous corn and yearly pest pressure is low, many other trait options might be more appropriate for mitigating risk in those fields as well.   
  • Consider the soil characteristics when placing each hybrid: Do you worry about too much rain or not enough? Placing hybrids with the Agrisure Artesian® trait on those acres will maximize yield when it rains and increase yield when it doesn’t. Does emergence seem to be a problem on certain fields? Selecting hybrids with extra seedling vigor could be important there. Have you had difficulty with downed corn in your wetter fields? Those wetter fields could be more susceptible to anthracnose stalk rot and/or fusarium crown, making hybrid selection even more important in such cases. If you answered yes to any of these questions, or have other questions on placing hybrids by soil type, make sure to consult your local Golden Harvest Seed Advisor to ensure you are planting a hybrid best fit for those situations.
  • Fertility considerations: Do you know the fertility levels of every farm? There are hybrids that respond very well to good fertility, and there are hybrids that don’t handle low fertility situations well. Understanding each farm’s base fertility level can weigh heavily as to which hybrid might work best in each scenario. For example, you just picked up a field with low potassium levels, and this field is the furthest away from your home farm, and also one of the last you plan to harvest. It would be best to place a hybrid on that field with a higher known stalk quality rating, to ensure it is standing well when you arrive with the combine in the fall.  

Hybrid selection is a critical step for profitable corn production, and you want to start the season strong. Contact your Golden Harvest Seed Advisor with questions or for additional agronomic insights.

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