Hope for the Best, Manage the Unknowns

No one is more optimistic than a farmer! Farming, after all, is a profession of hope. We always hope for the best, but we also must manage the risk of unknown variables like weather.

Note in the chart below that 53% of yield can be attributed to weather and nitrogen/plant food! This chart, in combination with Latham Hi-Tech Seeds’ signature FieldXField seed placement process, can help farmers build a strategy for the next planting season. Address the factors that can be controlled, and manage risk around the unknowns like weather by placing a stress-tolerant hybrid like an Artesian.

As you order seed for your own acres or recommend seed for a customer or a prospect, yield information can increase confidence. Be mindful that we had a good year in 2016 with ample rainfall, so most hybrids performed very well. We don’t know what the season ahead will deliver, so planting a combination of Latham® hybrids is a good way to manage risk.

Talk to your Latham regional sales manager for help placing a package of products on a field-by-field basis. Also feel free to call me or another member of our product team if we may be of assistance.

The Seven Wonders of the Corn Yield World

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Values presented in bushels/acre as well as percentage of the total (260 bushels/acre).