Seed corn selection strategies for 2013 and beyond
Hybrids with good standability are needed to keep the ear in the air for the combine. Lodged corn yields less and may have been caused by the hybrid’s susceptibility to stalk rots. If fungal problems have been frequent or if field drying is necessary, then standability is a requirement. If facilities are available for drying corn at high moisture, then it may not be an issue. When asking about standability and fungal resistance also inquire about greensnap which is a related issue.
Check the hybrid to ensure that it has good resistance to fungal issues in your fields or in your region. Those include stalk rots, foliar diseases and ear rots. Most of the spores are in your field, and ready to pounce in the right weather conditions, so fungal resistance is important every year. Damaging problems could result from northern leaf flight, gray leaf spot, Gibberella and diplodia.
Before making a purchase, check the performance of the hybrid in your state. Extension researchers have field trials in all states, and publish their data as early as possible to ensure corn growers have the information needed to make good management decisions. Find your state data here.
While most seed corn has been ordered, some farmers are finding they will not get what they want and will have to make alternate choices. If that is the case, conduct your own research on the data for corn hybrids. Look at such issues as, maturity, wide area performance, standability, fungal resistance, and overall performance.
Source: FarmGate blog