What to know about prescription seeding
By: Gil Gullickson
Just as a doctor prescribes medicine, seed companies now write prescriptions for seeds.
Why it’s important
Picking the right hybrid or variety is the most important decision you make all year. University of Illinois data shows that at 60-bushel-per-acre yield levels, soybean variety yields can differ by 10 to 12 bushels per acre within the same relative maturity group. With corn, Iowa State University trials show that up to 50-bushel-per-acre yield differences can occur in hybrids within a relative maturity group.