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Corn and soybean seed selection tips and considerationsCorn and soybean seed selection tips and considerations

When it’s time to choose seed varieties and hybrids, yield, data, genetic options, plant performance and more must be kept top of mind.

Jen Koukol

October 26, 2023

2 Min Read
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Choosing the next hybrid or variety is no small task for any farm. There are so many considerations, from yield performance to plant performance, pest and disease resistance to the actual cost of the seed. 

Farm Progress wants to help alleviate the stress, and offers tips and insight to make those decisions easier in the new FREE resource: Hybrid and variety selection tips.

Early planning

When’s the best time to start planning your seed selection? Sources say to reach out to your seed dealer early, in order to have the best choices, and get the best discounts.

Decoding data

There’s a lot of research and trial data available, and it’s not always consistent. When evaluating things like maturity ratings, final stands and lodging percentages, you also need to consider outside factors like rainfall, disease pressure and production methods of the trial.

Yield data also needs to be consistent. Look for corn hybrids and soybean varieties that have consistently high performance across soil type and years. 

Doing this sets you up for optimal yield potential.

Also in the free resource is a list of universities that offer trial data.

FREE download: Hybrid and variety selection tips

Genetic choices

There are many genetic traits to choose from. Are you looking for pest or disease resistance? Where you start and the base choices can make a difference. 

Remember, your field might not need all the traits offered in a genetic package. Make sure you’re choosing the hybrid that fits your field the best.

Plant performance

Along with built-in genetics, the plants need to perform well. Consider early season vigor, pollen shed and standability, as well as hybrid drydown performance.

Downloading the FREE resource Hybrid and variety selection tips will help you ask the right questions, consider the appropriate data and make your seed selection for the next year a less stressful process. Download the guide today, and solidify your choices tomorrow.

Download Hybrid and variety selection tips NOW.

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About the Author(s)

Jen Koukol

Digital Editor

Jen grew up in south-central Minnesota and graduated from Minnesota State University, Mankato, with a degree in mass communications. She served as a communications specialist for the Minnesota Soybean Growers Association and Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council, and was a book editor before joining the Corn & Soybean Digest staff.

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