The concept of ‘flex’ corn hybrids has been talked about in seed circles for several years. The idea is quite simple: these corn hybrids have the ability to flex and create larger ears with more girth at lower populations. They produce higher yields when planted in the 28,000 seeds per acre range.
The idea of flexing is rarely mentioned when talking about soybeans, but that’s about to change. In this episode of RealAgriculture’s Soybean School, Steph Kowalski, agronomy lead for the Agromart Group, discusses how the concept of flex in soybeans is starting to gain traction in management strategies.
When it comes to soybeans, varieties have considerable flex in terms of how they adapt to stressful situations and add and subtract yield based on environmental conditions and management.
In the video below, Kowalski discusses how soybean plants determine yield and how growers can potentially intensify their management to help their soybean crop flex and add additional yield. She notes that breeders, seed companies and agronomists still have lots to learn and the 2018 Ontario crop provides a significant opportunity to assess how varieties responded to changing growing conditions, different inputs as well as investments in disease and pest management.
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