Source: Pioneer Hi-Bred

Growers can best manage risk by planting crops with genetic diversity to insure against a bad year, according to Pioneer Hi-Bred, a DuPont business.

"Environmental factors can make the difference between a good and bad year," said Mike Rupert, agronomy research manager for Pioneer. "Planting a diverse lineup helps spread risk because certain diseases, insects and weather challenges impact crops differently at each stage of growth."

Planting a diverse lineup of hybrids with varying maturities can help growers achieve the best overall yield potential and spread harvest dates. A range of maturities also allows a grower to stagger planting and harvest dates to take advantage of optimum conditions or to avoid growing-season stresses.

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