The last of our DuPont Pioneer Harvest updates examines some of the lessons learned that may apply to next year. In 2016, there were essentially two planting seasons: one in April and one in late May. Bill Meacham, with DuPont Pioneer, says this year really reinforced the importance of planting early, “We saw the yields in the May planted corn were less than the yields in the April planted corn.”
For growers in Southern Indiana, 2016 showed the benefits of using a fungicide, “We saw the southern rust disease come in; and, when we finalized the data, those farmers who applied a fungicide really did much better. I think a lot of growers will have this top of mind when they consider a fungicide for next year’s corn.”
Meacham says, like 2016, the 2017 year will be a year to manage costs as tightly as possible, “A lot of farmers are looking for ways to be more efficient with their nitrogen, and we have some Encirca tools that can help.“ He added the warm and dry conditions this fall have allowed for a good deal of field preparation for next spring.
Weed pressure was an issue in 2016; but, in 2017, growers will have some new technology especially in soybeans, “We have some new Roundup Ready 2 Xtend varieties that we will introduce for 2017.” Meacham added that weed pressure was considerable in many soybean fields this year and that growers are looking for some new technology to help control these resistant weeds, “The new varieties we are introducing are really performing strong, so there is a lot of interest by growers in that technology.”