Take an Offensive and Defensive Approach to Firming Up Corn Orders

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Lyle Marcus, Corn Product Manager

January is a great time to put the finishing touches on your field-by-field crop plans for 2023 planting. Latham Hi-Tech Seeds offers a portfolio of hybrids that allows you to select a hybrid with the right characteristics to fit a specific field.

Each field may require hybrids with different characteristics for success, and the Latham Team has a portfolio of hybrids to help. When visiting LathamSeeds.com, click on a product number to view product characteristics. Your local Latham® representative is available to help you select the products that best fit your needs. Behind every Latham seed dealer and district/regional sales manager, there is a team of agronomic support.

The Latham Team knows last season’s “best” hybrid may not always be the right choice for your field. We consider several data points each growing season including our own Showcase Plots and Elite Trials, as well as independent F.I.R.S.T. Trials. Latham Seeds’ website contains a library of data to help you make the best seed choice based on soil types, crop rotation, fertility program and yield expectations.

We recommend looking at multi-year data, as well as planting a group of three hybrids to protect from the unknown of how the environment will affect performance. Remember to plant multiple Latham products with varying maturity to get the most out of the 2023 growing season.

Planting a “portfolio” of hybrids has multiple benefits:

  1. Hedge risk with different genetics and traits. As an independent seed supplier, Latham Seeds provides you with more seed genetic options than companies that rely on a single supplier for their genetics.
  2. Plant hybrids of varying maturities. Different flowering dates help reduce yield loss due to heat during pollination. Some years hybrids don’t want to dry down and the earlier products can really pay off while the exact opposite happens in other years.
  3. Balance offensive and defensive characteristics. Each year presents its own set of challenges: weed pressure, insect pressure, heat stress, moisture stress, emergence issues and disease pressure. That’s why planting both “offensive” and “defensive” products is advantageous.

Crop plans provide the best tool to get the most yield from every acre on your farm. The Latham Team can help you put the finishing touches on your crop plan for 2023. Happy New Year!

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