There are big crowds at the Ft. Wayne Farm Show this week, and most are bullish about the 2013 crop year. Traffic at seed company exhibits was especially heavy. Jack Spalding, with Seed Consultants, told HAT that farmers are looking for a return to trend line yields in 2013. He says many are looking to adjust seed populations, “It really depends on your soil type. Using variable rate technology, you can adjust your seed population to match your soil type.” He added that on lighter and sandier soils you can cut back on seed population to optimize yields, “You know your fields. If you cannot get 200 bpa yields in a field, don’t shoot for it.”
There is also a lot of interest in hybrids with drought tolerant traits that performed well in 2012. Spalding says 2013 may be a year to give this technology a try, “This would be a good year to try this new technology. Put some of these hybrids on your sandy soil and give it a try.” Seed Consultants offers hybrids that are specially bred for the Eastern Corn Belt where conditions were the driest last year.
Higher corn and soybean prices during the show have some growers talking about more acres, but Spalding does not expect rotations to change much, “I have talked to some guys who are thinking about more soybeans, but I really don’t think the rotations will change much.” The farm show continues Thursday.
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