Tips for Turning Data into Dollars

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As the new calendar year is upon us, most of us are finalizing decisions for the 2018 crop year.

We have a lot of data to help us make these decesions: data collected from the chopper or combines; from crop scouts; and from our own personal observations. No matter how much data you may have, selecting products that help reduce risk is one the of the most important factors we should consider.

Risk reduction starts, in part, by defining our production-limiting factors. Each field has different ones, so taking it field-by-field is a great approach to making seed decisions. I suggest farmers take three basic steps to pick the best hybrids for a given situation: (1) Consider the end-use first; (2) Keep crop rotation in mind; and (3) Minimize yield-limiting factors.

Beyond yield, farmers should focus on quality when selecting hybrids for corn silage. Some competitive hybrids have some great fiber digestibility factors, but they also are some of the most agronomically risky corn hybrids. It’s quite easy to get dazzled by large yield and tonnage numbers, but we must remain steady at the decision-making helm.

Consider all factors, not just one, to select the most balanced hybrid in all categories. It’s my top priority to find hybrids that reduce risk agronomically and also are capable of achieving high forage quality.

I keep the following factors in mind when selecting products for our lineup, as well as when recommending Latham® products to our customers:
1. Agronomic Considerations: Exceptional disease resistance, superior roots, and amazing stress tolerance.
2. Yield: High-yield capacity.
3. Forage Quality: Softer starch kernels help achieve fecal starch levels of less than 2% in dairy cows; above-average fiber digestibility help keep daily intakes high, leading to the best possible milk production.

This tight-margin climate makes every factor matter more! Risk reduction is linked to higher profits, and our team is here to help you reduce risk through product selection.

Latham Hi-Tech Seeds does a lot of testing for forage yield, forage quality, and starch digestibility. These tests help define the balance
between forage quality capabilities and yield in the field. If you’re looking for additional information, check our website or talk with your Latham regional sales manager.

Remember, the potential for next year’s crop begins when the seed is still in the bag! At Latham , we can help you layer yield and soil data to determine which seed is best suited for certain soil types and management situations.