The Proof Is in the Hopper
By Tal Holmes, Seed Manager
We’ve done the visual evaluation. Now, we’re waiting for the combine to tell the final tale. This year’s harvest numbers are the final component needed to confirm our seed lineup for 2016 and formulate our recommendations for producers.
We’ve already seen some corn harvested at moisture levels between 20-25%. Yields are good so far, but not quite as good as last year. It appears that we will be seeing the best soybean yields from early planted fields, lending additional support to the evidence in favor of early planting.
Stalk quality issues aren’t apparent yet, but I suspect that if we continue in our rainy pattern, we likely will see problems later this fall. Keep an eye on those fields with hybrids that show a propensity for stalk weakness and plan to harvest those first.
We’ll be out riding with you in your combines, taking a look at yields, and discussing seed choices for 2016. Getting orders in early helps reserve those special hybrids and varieties you really want for spring. It is also helpful as we work to determine our seed allocations for the coming year.
What’s new for 2016?
Like the rest of the industry, we’re waiting to see if Roundup Ready 2 Xtend™ soybeans receive approval from China. The system is in place and ready to go, with China the last domino to fall. It’s exciting to see a new chemistry available for soybeans and to have another weapon in the fight against resistant weeds.
At the same time, everyone needs to understand that the system will require a high level of management from both the farmer and us. The situation is very similar to what we experienced when Roundup® was introduced. We will all need to keep close track of what seed is planted in which field, and monitor spray conditions carefully.
We’re also eagerly anticipating the results of our ILeVO® seed treatment trials. ILeVO is the first seed treatment to protect against Sudden Death Syndrome while also showing activity against nematodes. We have nine farmer side-by-side trials in the country, as well as those at the Innovation Farm.
Like you, we’re looking forward to the harvest.