Soybean Selection: It’s an Internal Battle!

It’s not often that a company shares its “internal battles,” but today we’re airing one!  Just as many football teams across the nation are preparing for bowl games this holiday season, the product team at Latham Hi-Tech Seeds is trying to determine the value of both offense and defense.

“Defense is the best offense there is!” says Latham Product Manager Mark Grundmeier.  He stands by the defensive power of L2183R2. This Genuity® Roundup Ready 2 Yield® soybean has the best defensive package in the industry. It has the industry’s best store (1.5 on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 being the best) for Iron Chlorosis.  Place it on medium to heavy soils and Marks says it’s tough to beat.

President John Latham, on the other hand, insists that Latham® Hi-Tech Soybeans L2182R2 is the way to go. “Offense, offense, offense,” chants John.  He wants to raise 80-bushel beans and insists that L2182R2 is the way to do it.  While L2182R2 is a great offensive product, John says it also has a solid defense package.

Which matters more, offense or defense?  Our Seed-2-Soil® specialist says that one of the best predictors of a soybean product’s performance is its field position.  “Just as it is on the gridiron, a good field position makes it easier for the offense to score,” says Peter Bixel, team lead for Latham’s Seed-2-Soil program.  “Teams with poor defenses provide poor field position, which allows their offense to gain more yards but probably results in fewer points scored.  Placement can help soybean products maximize yield potential.”

Can soybean growers – and championship football teams alike – benefit from having both a strong offense and a strong defense?  Watch the video link below to see Mark and John go “head to head” on this issue.