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Time to shop for seed

Companies reveal their top corn and soybean choices for Northeast producers.

Chris Torres

November 1, 2022

4 Min Read
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GET STARTED: Do plenty of research to determine what seed varieties will work best for your farm. JJ Gouin/Getty Images

It’s that time of year again! Time to start shopping for corn and soybean varieties for next year.

You deserve options when it comes to shopping for seed. Some varieties might work better on your farm than others, so it’s important to do the research before you pick something.  

American Agriculturist asked top seed companies for their “top 5” corn and soybean varieties for 2022. These are varieties geared to Northeast and mid-Atlantic farmers.

Below is the second list of companies that have responded to our request for top hybrids. We’ll be updating the list as more companies reveal their top choices.

For readability, RIB stands for refuge in bag, and RM stands for relative maturity.

If you have any questions on a variety, contact your local seed dealer or email American Agriculturist at [email protected].

Mid-Atlantic

Corn

MA5097 (109RM). A 109-day hybrid with Agrisure Above and Viptera traits. It is a showy corn hybrid with excellent disease tolerance, strong test weight and excellent grain quality. It also has excellent late-season plant intactness.

MA8108 (110RM). This hybrid has the VT Double Pro Rib Complete trait. It has strong yields with excellent foliar disease resistance and excellent drydown for maturity. It has consistent long ear development with exceptional test weight, excellent standability and stay-green, and intactness.

MA5124 (112RM). This robust hybrid has the Agrisure trait, and has very good intactness and standability. It has good north and south movement due to its foliar disease resistance. It also has excellent disease tolerance with large ears.

MA8145 (114RM). This 114-day variety has the VT DoublePro RIB Complete trait. It has high yield potential with high test weight, strong southern movement and good late-season plant intactness.

MA8156 (115RM). This variety has the VT DoublePro RIB Complete trait. It features consistent, long, semi-­ex ears with deep kernel development. It also has strong plant health and intactness, and produces elite yields in the mid-Atlantic region.

Soybeans

MAS3022 (3.0RM). This Enlist E3 variety has excellent yield stability with good lateral branching and good plant height. A new high-yield package features strong stress tolerance.

MAS3822 (3.8RM). This Enlist E3 provides a strong yield advantage in the late group 3 category. It is a showy variety with strong lateral branching, and good north and south movement.

MAS4622 (4.6RM). This Enlist variety is high yielding with good soil adaptability. It has excellent standability and emergence and has strong foliar disease tolerance.

MAS4822 (4.8RM). This Enlist E3 has strong yields and stress tolerance, excellent emergence, and is best placed under high-yield environments.

MAS5122 (5.1RM). This Enlist E3 soybean is an attractive, high-yielding early group 5 variety with strong standability on productive soils. It provides excellent performance in high-yield environments.

Seed Consultants

Corn

SC1122Q (112RM). This Qrome hybrid combines top-end yield and good stability. It has very good drought tolerance and is well-suited to variable soil types. It has also strong gray leaf spot tolerance and good northern leaf blight tolerance.

SC1112AM (111RM). Tremendous top-end yield potential and stability for placement in the eastern Corn Belt. It has a good overall foliar package with especially good protection against northern leaf blight. It has below-average roots; placement on clay or tight soils will improve.

SC1071AM (107RM). A high-yielding hybrid with proven eastern genetics. It has above-average test weight and a solid agronomic package against eastern diseases. Though it has excellent stress emergence, it has below-average plant height.

SC1042Q (104RM). A new yield leader in its maturity category, it moves south of its primary zone well. It has good northern leaf blight tolerance, and excellent silage yield and digestibility makes it well-suited for silage, This is a hybrid meant for the eastern Corn Belt.

SC1003AM (100RM). This is a yield leader in the 100-day category with consistent yield gains across all yield levels. It has very good northern leaf blight tolerance and has a tall plant stature.

Soybeans

SC7412E (4.1RM). The yield leader in the early group 4 zone, it has good tolerance to sudden death syndrome. This is a medium-short plant with good canopy width and good charcoal rot tolerance. Avoid fields with a history of iron deficiency chlorosis.

SC7372E (3.7RM). This variety has a medium-short plant height, good standability and good tolerance to charcoal rot. It has very good tolerance to frogeye leaf spot. Avoid fields with history of white mold.

SC7332E (3.3RM). This is a broadly adapted Enlist E3 yield leader, though you should avoid fields with a history of white mold. Peking soybean cyst nematode resistance provides an attractive alternative in cyst areas. It also has good tolerance to charcoal rot and outstanding tolerance to frogeye leaf spot.

SC7282E (2.8RM). This soybean sets a new yield level for its maturity group. It features excellent iron chlorosis tolerance and Peking SCN resistance provides an attractive alternative in cyst areas. It has good tolerance to frogeye leaf spot. Avoid areas with a history of white mold.

SC7381E (3.8RM). This variety has good Phytopthora field tolerance and good brown stem rot field tolerance. It also has outstanding frogeye leaf spot tolerance. It has a short overall plant height with excellent emergence and standability.

About the Author(s)

Chris Torres

Editor, American Agriculturist

Chris Torres, editor of American Agriculturist, previously worked at Lancaster Farming, where he started in 2006 as a staff writer and later became regional editor. Torres is a seven-time winner of the Keystone Press Awards, handed out by the Pennsylvania Press Association, and he is a Pennsylvania State University graduate.

Torres says he wants American Agriculturist to be farmers' "go-to product, continuing the legacy and high standard (former American Agriculturist editor) John Vogel has set." Torres succeeds Vogel, who retired after 47 years with Farm Progress and its related publications.

"The news business is a challenging job," Torres says. "It makes you think outside your small box, and you have to formulate what the reader wants to see from the overall product. It's rewarding to see a nice product in the end."

Torres' family is based in Lebanon County, Pa. His wife grew up on a small farm in Berks County, Pa., where they raised corn, soybeans, feeder cattle and more. Torres and his wife are parents to three young boys.

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