A Corn Hybrid Selection Workshop will be held Dec. 14 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Chippewa County Extension Office in Chippewa Falls. At the conclusion of the workshop, producers will have a short list of hybrids to choose from. This workshop will be delivered electronically using teleconferencing and visual projection. Speakers will include Dr. Joe Lauer, UW-Extension Corn Agronomist, and Carla Heiman, Green Lake County agriculture agent.
Due to the huge number of transgenic traits marketed in corn hybrids today, it is a significant challenge for farmers to wade through all of the hype, advertising and information to select adapted hybrids for their farm. To assist producers in selecting corn hybrids best suited for their farm, the 2006 University of Wisconsin Corn Hybrid Yield Trials will be used to help corn growers select hybrid winners for next year. Hybrid selection should be based on proven yield performance of a variety from the last few years and/or at multiple locations. In 2006, UW grain and silage performance trials were planted at thirteen locations in four production zones.
Investing two hours of your time to attend this workshop will be worth the effort. Joe Lauer has concluded through yield variety trials that "within maturities, grain yield potential of average hybrids is consistently 10-15% lower than for the highest-yielding group of hybrids on the market." The difference in gross income from planting a top yielding corn variety and a lower yielding variety can be $40 to $60 per acre.
There is no cost to attend. To pre-register or for more information, contact the Chippewa County Extension Office at (715) 726-7950.