Too often, seed decisions about the next year are based solely on experience from the most recent season. Rather, analyzing multiyear data can help you make more informed and objective seed selection decisions. Here are a few tips from the Mycogen Seeds agronomy team as you look at making decisions for next season.
Evaluate yield performance and which hybrids have a history of consistent yield results. If a hybrid didn’t perform well this year, don’t jump to conclusions and remove it from consideration for future years. Look at performance records from previous years and factor in conditions during each of those years. Work with your seed advisers to not only consider performance of hybrids on your own farm over the years but also ask about multiyear, multilocation data to inform your choices.
A specific hybrid or variety shouldn’t be axed based on disappointing yield performance alone. Yield is usually the most important consideration, but it is also important to evaluate how a hybrid or variety performed relative to specific weather conditions or environmental issues that plagued this growing season. Was there a difference in planting time or tillage? A minor variance in fertilizer application? These can all affect yield. Use all those detailed notes you took throughout the growing season and recall any specific management or environmental events that may have impacted yield at harvest.
Treatment costs and yield impacts
Fully analyze treatment costs and yield impacts of conventional corn versus a trait package. There are some situations for which conventional corn makes sense but choosing an appropriate trait package could help preserve the genetic yield potential of the hybrid, thus reduce costs.
Seed selection doesn’t need to be a daunting process. There is a vast selection of genetics and hybrid varieties available each year, but multiyear data can help make seed selection decisions less overwhelming. And as always, your local retail team or seed dealer is a resource for helping make sense of options available that best fit your farm.