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Making the Best Seed Decisions for 2023

September 12, 2022 2:00 p.m.

By Bayer Crop Sciences

Farmers make numerous, critical management decisions every season. For corn and soybean producers, perhaps no decision is more important than selecting the right seed products for the following growing season.

Seed decisions have a direct impact on yield potential and return on investment, as well as helping farmers combat the many environmental challenges that can significantly reduce the number of bushels produced.

Jim McDermott, DEKALB® Asgrow® technical agronomist serving northwest Iowa, says the first step in the seed decisions process should be to review yield data following harvest. “Look at data comparisons not only on your own farm, but also at multiple different sites that have similar weather and soil types,” he advises. “And make sure you’re including a broad geography so you can get a big picture and gather as much yield data as possible upon which to base your 2023 decisions.”

McDermott says farmers should next consider the environmental factors that have impacted their crop performance. “One of the most important is stress tolerance, especially in a year like this when many parts of the country have experienced severe hot, dry weather,” he says.

Standability in corn is another key, he says, especially with the high winds and derechos some parts of the country have experienced. “Identify which products are most susceptible to greensnap or root and stalk lodging, and consider hybrids you are comfortable with for good standability.”

Utilize defensive traits

McDermott says defensive agronomic traits are always important and should be a focus of the seed decision process. For soybeans, he recommends farmers evaluate products that offer protection against the major soybean diseases and make sound risk management decisions for next year, not knowing which diseases they may face. For example, Asgrow® brand XtendFlex® soybean products offer built-in tolerance to white mold, Phytophthora, brown stem rot and iron deficiency chlorosis.

When defending against corn disease, McDermott says genetics that protect against Goss’s wilt are especially important in affected geographies, since there is no in-season treatment to manage that disease. DEKALB® Disease Shield® genetics provide broad protection against Goss’s wilt as well as other major corn diseases, including anthracnose stalk rot, gray leaf spot, northern corn leaf blight and southern rust.

“Tar spot is a disease that’s on everybody’s radar,” McDermott adds. “There aren’t many hybrids yet rated for tar spot, so it’s difficult to select products that offer protection. Fortunately, it can be controlled effectively season-long with fungicides.”

Explore new products

Even if farmers are satisfied with the performance of their current product lineup, McDermott says it makes sense to consider new products that may offer yield improvements. “Because of the latest breeding advances, corn yield gains are much faster now than they used to be, and soybean variety turnover is very rapid as well. I encourage farmers to look at new corn and soybean products. There’s a lot to gain by exploring what options are out there.”

New DEKALB Asgrow products for 2023

The DEKALB and Asgrow brands are offering an exciting new product lineup for next season. The DEKALB brand is launching 29 new products spanning the 75 to 120 relative maturity geographies.

“The 2023 launch class is really exciting,” says Jamie Horton, DEKALB brand manager. “It’s going to be one of the largest new product introductions we’ve had in recent years, and in a lot of our key corn- growing areas.”

Thirty-one new Asgrow® brand XtendFlex® products will debut next season. XtendFlex is Bayer’s triple-stacked soybean trait containing tolerance to dicamba, glyphosate and glufosinate to provide more flexibility to help control tough weeds, including waterhemp, Palmer amaranth and marestail.

“Our 2023 class features all of the key factors that farmers are looking for in the products they select,”  says Asgrow brand manager, Clint Chaffer. “We’ve seen some great performance results, including the proven high yield potential of Asgrow XtendFlex varieties compared to other competitive soybean trait platforms.”

For more information, farmers can contact their DEKALB Asgrow dealer or visit DEKALBAsgrow.com/SeedFinder.

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