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Mulling undecided acres? Check on seed first

Gil Gullickson 03/13/2013 @ 9:40am Crops Technology Editor for Successful Farming magazine/Agriculture.com

If you are still mulling over undecided acres for 2013, you may find corn hybrid choices are limited. Supplies for high-demand hybrids at this point are scant or sold out.

“We put the largest crop in the ground ever for 2012, and it looks to be even larger in 2013,” says John Fietsam, corn product manager for DeKalb. “When you look at the industry, with corn acres from a year ago and combine that with the impact of drought from a year ago, it certainly impacted production.”


Fietsam recommends farmers who are still mulling over undecided acres talk to the seed dealer as to what hybrids are still available and what is the best fit for those acres. Companies did boost seed corn production last year by spreading out fields in multiple locations, he adds. South American winter seed corn production has also helped ease supplies.

Last year shows how critical is is to make seed decisions early if you want the best hybrids for your farm, says Blake Miller, Syngenta agronomic services representative. Farmers who waited had a limited selection from which to choose compared to those who did not wait, he adds.

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