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Let History be a Guide in 2018 Seed Selection

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Be sure to review your field history as you prepare for spring planting. That’s the advice you’ll often hear when it comes to seed and other corn and soybean input decisions. Robert Ihrig, DEKALB/Asgrow Brand Execution Manager agrees, saying history is always the best lesson.

“Looking at products on your farm, making the right evaluations, gives them an idea of what kind of performance they can expect whether it’s an Asgrow product or another,” he said. “So, that is one key thing. The data, for us if you go to Asgrow.com/yield, a grower can go an look at the yield history within his local geography based on a zip code search. He can go back one, two or three years and really get a profile of how those Asgrow products perform not just on his farm but surrounding farms. It’s good insight in terms of what products he ought to select going forward and try a percentage of his farm in some of the new products coming out in 2018.”

When HAT spoke with Ihrig, he said their grower and dealer network was reporting promising yields for 2017, likely from a combination of factors.

“I think a lot of that is due to just the strength of the germplasm in our breeding efforts, and I think we had some really good environmental conditions that hit right at the right time to help boost yields. So, I think it was a combination of several things and I think growers are looking fairly optimistically about the Asgrow brand going into 2018.”

Ihrig likes to credit the breeding organization which screens their portfolio every year to ensure they’re offering the highest potential yielding products.

“But also they’re looking to incorporate various other traits such as disease tolerance for things like phytophthora or white mold, iron chlorosis,” he told HAT. “Those all take away from yield and if we can build that into the Asgrow exclusive genetic background, the better the performance and the more consistent performance that we’ll see across the region.”