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Nailing Down Optimal Planting Dates Takes Years, Study Shows

To evaluate the performance of two hybrids planted on several dates throughout the growing season. The long term goal of this study is to gather several years of data to help our customers find the optimum planting date window for corn.

In previous years we have typically seen earlier planting dates producing higher yields. This year we saw the highest yields at the May 22nd planting date with an average of 209.3 Bu./A. Yields were higher for planting dates prior to May 22nd than they were for later planting dates. Yields declined quickly with planting dates later than May 22nd. Data suggests that planting early instead of late in the season is better as long as planting conditions are favorable.

Beck's Hybrids PFR program conducts more than 75 different studies across multiple locations (500+ acres) to learn how different management practices and new technologies perform in field environments. Simply put, it is research focused with the farmer in mind. To see the entire study, please
download the PFR Book and see page 282

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