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Selecting the Right Hybrid

Joel and Kyle
Hosts, WinField United
Hosts Joel and Kyle delve into hybrid selection on this episode of The Deal With Yield® podcast. Learn what considerations corn farmers should keep in mind when selecting seed and discover why we are entering the mathematical age of agriculture.
Season 10 – Episode 5: Selecting the Right Hybrid

The Deal With Yield® is a podcast series covering the issues that matter most in crop production.

Target Fungicide Applications to Receptive Hybrids

Answer Plot®
Research Team
The yield potential of a bag of seed has many factors that contribute to the overall result. In addition to seed, fertilizer and herbicides, fungicides are another tool that can help you optimize the yield potential of your corn crop.  
 
Research from the 2015 Answer Plot® Trials showed that response to fungicide scores pinpoint yield advantages from fungicide applications.
 
Finding #1
2015 Answer Plot® trials* found that a hybrid with a high RTF score and one with a moderate RTF score generated 9.69 bu/A and 8.17 bu/A more respectively than a hybrid with a low RTF score.
 
Conclusion
RTF scores accurately predict the effectiveness of fungicide applications on a hybrid-by-hybrid basis.
 
Finding #2
National results from the 2015 Answer Plot® Program show an overall 11.5 bu/A average yield response to fungicide applications over untreated corn. This represents 93 percent of the 32 participating Answer Plot® Program locations demonstrating a positive response to fungicide.
 
Conclusion
Fungicide applications can increase yield in corn across a range of maturities (in this case, 90 days to 115 days).
 
The RTF score provides you with a plan for in-season management by understanding which hybrids benefit the most from protection against fungal diseases and rust. Understanding the genetic response to fungicide treatments helps you determine where fungicides can increase yield potential and where they will be economically beneficial.
 
Stay tuned for additional Answer Plot® insights in the coming weeks.
 
 
 
*2015 Answer Plot® data from nine states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

Tips to Maximize Every Raindrop

Joel and Kyle
Hosts, WinField
On a new episode of The Deal With Yield®, host Joel Wipperfurth and this week’s guest Mike Vande Logt, executive vice president and chief operating officer, dive into water and agriculture. Tune in for cropping strategies to get the most out of every raindrop, such as using cover crops, drought-tolerant hybrids and plowing methods that cut down on evaporation. For more information, visit responsibleacre.com or Winfield.com/Beyond
SEASON 6: EPISODE 3 - Tips to Maximize Every Raindrop

The Deal With Yield is a podcast series covering the issues that matter most in crop production.
 

Capturing Maximum ROI

Answer Plot®
Research Team
Marker-assisted breeding technology has dramatically increased the speed of developing new hybrids with improved yields and stress tolerance. This novel breeding process involves testing a small chip removed from the seed coat and endosperm to select seeds with specific genes and traits, drastically shortening the development period.

The question is: Are you reaping the benefits of these new hybrids and varieties as soon as they become available?



"Over the last several years, we’ve seen up to 5- to 6-bushel-per-acre yield increases with many new hybrids as compared to the current elite hybrids," says Brad Miller, region product manager, WinField. "Farmers need to capitalize on these gains as soon as possible or they’re losing out on yield."

MANAGEMENT INSIGHTS ENABLE SUCCESS
A primary reason why you can confidently plant new genetics in a shorter period of time is the management information gleaned through the Answer Plot® program.

"Our Answer Plot® research includes numerous replicated trials for statistical accuracy and a high level of confidence in our data," Miller notes. "Through this research, we develop key insights about the right management practices, such as plant populations, soil types, plant nutrition and other factors that will help farmers capture maximum yield potential the first year they plant new products."

IDENTIFYING SUCCESS
"Farmers are going to have approximately the same cost per acre for seed, whether they’re buying products that came out this year or four years ago," Miller notes. "However, sticking with an older hybrid with less yield potential than new releases for several years could cost that farmer 15 to 20 bushels per acre in lost yield during that time.

"WinField agronomists have the tools to help you take advantage of new seed technology as soon as it’s available and capture maximum return on your seed investment,” he adds.

Review the CROPLAN® 2015 Seed Guide for more information on new hybrids and varieties for the coming season to optimize your yield success and potential ROI.
 

1 Data from 136 Answer Plot® locations.
2 Results may vary. Because of factors outside of Winfield Solutions’ control, such as weather, product application and any other factors, results to be obtained, including but not limited to yields, financial performance or profits, cannot be predicted or guaranteed by Winfield.


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