- Too short of maturity you might give up yield potential, while too long puts you at risk of damage from frost. 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.
- Go field by field to set yield goals. Base this on the field’s historical yields and combine that information with seed company research to make sure you’re not cutting yourself short.
- 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, diseases, insects or nematodes.
- 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 acres.
Get Seed Selection Right
February 19, 2019 by Sonja Begemann