Thinking Of Planting Earlier Corn Hybrids Next Year?

Don't base select on what happened in November, warns Peterson Farms Seed corn expert.

Published on: Dec 11, 2013

If you had late, wet corn this year – and had to shut down your drying because you couldn't get propane due to the region wide shortage – you're probably wondering if you should switch to earlier corn hybrids in 2014.

Rich Larson, Peterson Farms Seed, Harwood, N.D., has some advice: Don't base next year's cropping decisions on what has happened last month. And definitely don't compare it to 2012, an almost perfect growing season.

Instead, look at the big picture, he advises. Consider what maturity has been successful in the past several years on your farm.

Don't let your short-term memory override your long-term memory, he says.

"Planting too early of a hybrid than is optimal for your farm will guarantee a 20 bushel yield loss. There is more than a 50% chance you will regret your decision to choose earlier maturing hybrids," he says.

Planting a hybrid that matures too early will guarantee a 20 bushel per acre yield loss.
Planting a hybrid that matures too early will guarantee a 20 bushel per acre yield loss.

Source: Peterson Farms Seed