Planting the Right Genetics and Traits
- It is important to choose hybrids which best match your soil type, fertility, soil drainage and fungicide use practices. A general rule is to try new hybrids on better soils and stick with more tried and true hybrids on poorer soils. Hybrid blends can work best on variable soils.
- Many people are no longer using Glyphosate or Roundup® type post-emergence herbicides and have managed insects with rotation and insecticide if needed. In this case conventional corn and soybeans make sense. People planting conventional are generally are saving $30 – $60/acre and the new varieties are yielding equal to or better than traited hybrids. Putting these dollars toward fungicide and fertility often create a profitable advantage compared to the cost of GMO traits. Premiums are also available for conventional varieties, especially in soybeans, which adds more profit potential to a conventional program.
- If you have high root-worm pressure, using stacked root-worm hybrids can help. This is especially true under drought or high winds but in most areas crop rotation still gives adequate root-worm protection. Rotating these stacked hybrids is recommended in continuous corn situations.
- Plant a range of maturities with about 20% early, 50% mid-maturity, and 30% full season.
- Plant an equal balance of hybrids that have been in your area for 4 years or more, some that are 2-3 years old and some new hybrids, to maximize yield without high risk in changing climates.
- Use new herbicide tolerant beans that offer choices to control troublesome weeds like Water hemp.
Bob Miller | President & Owner