- Narrow down maturity. Corn needs to reach black layer a minimum of two weeks before a killing frost.
- Establish a yield goal. Use historical yield data to determine what each field can produce and select seed with that potential.
- Plan your defense. Don’t neglect to consider disease and insect history for each field and select defensive traits accordingly.
- Diversify your lineup. Compare seed information to make sure characteristics don’t match too closely and check hybrid and variety numbers to ensure you don’t unknowingly plant the same thing twice. See page 62 for more details.
“Keep in mind seed availability,” adds Brent Stauffacher, Mycogen Seeds corn marketing leader. “The earlier you make a decision the more likely you’ll get the seed you want.” This year seed companies say supplies are in good shape, but remember the most popular corn and soybean products aren’t unlimited so you should lock in those choices early. Carefully think through your seed decision again this year. Spend money on fields with high yield potential, and consider saving dollars on fields with less output. Your seed choices set the stage for next season—make it a good one.