This week our Seed Specialist, Jay Whalen from Streator, Illinois, sent me a picture from his area. He has been spending a lot of time in his customers’ fields and has noticed a trend. The Genuity StaxRIB hybrids have been showing the least amount of ear feeding and in some fields the difference is significant. Leitz Consulting is evaluating the situation and is helping Jay decide if the fields that are not planted with StaxRIB should be aerial spayed with insecticide. As this picture circulated between our different sales territories, it is becoming obvious that most Seed Specialists are experiencing the same results.
Ryan Bell from Covington, Indiana says "We are selling the best traits available". For the 2014 growing season, ProHarvest will offer 12 Genuity ®SmartStax Complete™ hybrids. We are excited about these many offerings.
At ProHarvest Seeds, we take great pride in selecting many different genetic and trait platforms for your farms. Our promise to our customers is to utilize the best combination of genetics, traits and treatments for your successful harvest. We work diligently to research and test all the seed that we provide to you. This year our customers are telling us that they want more options for refuge in a bag, therefore; in 2014, ProHarvest Seeds will be offering 12 elite hybrids with the 5% refuge in the bag. All StaxRIB hybrids will be treated with Votivo 500. This will give you more convenience at planting time. The 6 new StaxRIB hybrids, ranging in maturity from 101-113 days, will make us an industry leader. So, from NonGMO to StaxRIB hybrids, our 23 different combinations of hybrids will give you a successful harvest.
ProHarvest Seeds 13 varieties of R2Y, 3 Liberty and 4 NonGMO selections of soybeans will give you the greatest choice of soybean seed for your area. These products will be protected with our new proTect Seed Treatment System. In the near future, you will have the opportunity to see all our products at a field day near you. Just remember, Your Harvest IS Our Focus!
Each year we face different challenges during the planting season. I have experienced many different times when farmers just want to change their plans because of some unexpected situation. My advice is to follow your plan. You have spent months developing your plan for each field.
For example, if you have prepared your plan to use fungicide on corn and soybeans, you should not move away from that plan even though you may have planted later than expected. If you have planned an application, don’t cancel using the products, just adjust the timing of the application. Over the years, when challenges arise it is easy to become discouraged, but as my father, Ralph, always told me, "Never give up on a crop". Keep your goals high and don’t let coffee shop talk discourage you. Corn and soybeans have an incredible ability to compensate. Some of my best yields have not had good starts.
Stay confident, execute your cropping plan and expect the best from your fields.
This is shaping up to be one of those planting seasons that we will be talking about for years to come! Hopefully, weather patterns will cooperate throughout the rest of the season and we will be fine. I recall talking to an old-timer last year about this time and the dry weather that was approaching and the planting challenges we were facing. He comment was this – "I remember a year when I started farming that was similar to this in early summer. I don’t remember how it turned out, but I’m still here!"
In the midst of the busy planting and replanting, we have also been working on ways that we can serve you better in the future, selecting new products, improving our communications with you, adding consulting agronomists, and much more.
We look forward to serving you in the future and wish you a safe summer.
The Evergraze white clover is a high yielding, easy to establish ladino white clover. This variety works great in close grazing situations and is very persistant even in dry climates. Click here for Evergraze tech sheet. White clover is seeded at approximately 4 to 6 pounds per acre.
PGI 33 is a high yielding, 3 year red clover. Developed for the Midwest, PGI 33 competes well against most grasses making it an excellent choice for haying and pasture. Click here for the PGI 33 tech sheet. Red clover is seeded at approximately 8 to 10 pounds per acre.
Freedom Red Clover is an excellent companion in all grass pastures as well as hay fields. Freedom Red has reduced stem pubescence and large leaves that make it ideal for hay production. Click here for the Freedom Red Clover tech sheet. Red clover is seeded at approximately 8 to 10 pounds per acre.
To increase diversity, a per acre mix of 2 pounds white clover and 5 pounds of your favorite red clover is a great option for maximizing production.
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