Hybrid selection is a critical piece of the corn crop management puzzle — one mistake could cost as much as 80 bushels per acre in yield. Really, you say? Well, that’s perhaps the most extreme case, but it’s a valid possibility if you take a look at the top and bottom varieties in the GoCorn.net trial data from 2012 (2013 data is not yet complete, but they’re working on it.
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In this Corn School episode, @CropDoc2 Dave Hooker, professor at the University of Guelph’s Ridgetown Campus, discusses the value of corn hybrid comparison trials, the value of making the right decision based on several factors (not just your favourite retailer) and how to make the most of the data presented on GoCorn.net. As Hooker says, yield is a driving factor in selection, but lodging tolerance, test weight and more must factor in to choosing the right hybrids for your farm.
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