Planning for a High-Yield Season
Maximizing potential starts long before harvest. Through thoughtful agronomic planning and a proactive approach to weed, disease and pest control, Midwest and Northern growers can achieve higher yields and maximize profits.
Seed selection is one of the most important management decisions growers make. The right corn hybrid or soybean seed variety can have a drastic impact on yield and profit potential. By reviewing variety trial results, growers can choose the defensive packages and traits that can help them succeed in the next crop year.
Proper weed management is just as crucial. When a particular weed management practice is working well and is economically attractive, it is tempting to continue with it, even though growers know this significantly increases selection pressure and can lead to resistance. However, proactive, successful weed management happens across multiple growing seasons and requires planning to stay ahead of resistance.
Crops must survive a number of disease threats throughout the season, from gray leaf spot in corn to frogeye leaf spot in soy. Management is achieved through an integrated approach of best management practices, including the use of fungicides and seed treatments.
By carefully selecting corn hybrids or soybean seeds and adopting proactive, long-term approaches to weed and disease management, Midwest and Northern growers can increase crop potential, no matter what comes their way.
Soil health is one of the most critical components to ensure plants get the valuable nutrients they need to grow, especially early in the season.
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Diseases threaten corn production throughout the season. But these methods can help you fight back, from hybrid selection to fungicide applications.
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Yield is the number one characteristic of concern to most growers, but there are a lot of components that go into making that yield. The presence of resistant weeds, pests and diseases will dictate the trait platforms and seed treatments needed.
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Sudden Death Syndrome (SDS) and Soybean Cyst Nematode (SCN) are two below-ground issues that are often overlooked. The result is a total economic loss of $1.6 billion per year, based on USDA average soybean price projections of $9.10 per bushel.
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With the multitude of corn hybrids available today, growers need to look at characteristics offered by each seed package. Study the hybrid’s attributes for natural tolerance to diseases and nematodes, and consider hybrids with biotech traits such as insect tolerance and herbicide tolerance to control tough-to-manage and resistant weeds.
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