Using Long-Term Trends as Planning Guide for 2013

Joanna SchroederAgribusiness, agronomy, Audio, Farm Progress Show

There was a lot of talk during the Farm Progress Show this year about the epic drought and how it was impacting growers across the country. Brent Wilson, DuPont Pioneer technical services manager, was out interacting with growers and when talking with them heard quite often that they just want to put the epic drought of 2012 behind them.

But making a seed selection based on just the past year is not a sound strategy, said Wilson. Rather growers should look at long-term weather trends as a guide for making 2013 growing decisions.

That leads to the question, what should growers be doing to get prepared for 2013? Wilson responded by putting together a list of key things DuPont Pioneer agronomists are doing to help growers prepare for next season. One question that was asked and answered during the press conference was, What impact will the drought have on product positioning for 2013?

A product getting a lot of buzz during the show was Pioneer® brand Optimum® AQUAmax™ products. Wilson said while they were originally developed for the Western corn belt where you see lower yields, the product lineup can also offer top-end yield potential in optimal growing conditions.

Some other issues Wilson brought to the field to think about included understanding maturity issues, knowing what trait packages as far as insect and disease and herbicide resistance are available and learning about the newest genetics that can be incorporated into a growers lineup that will help to increase overall yield potential.

While I have simply posed the questions Wilson suggests asking, he also answered them. To hear more details about the key things growers should consider when planning for the 2013 growing season, listen to the full press conference: [wpaudio url=”″ text=”Key Tips for 2013 Growing Season.”]

2012 Farm Progress Show Photo Album coverage of the 2012 Farm Progress Show is sponsored by John Deere and AgLeader