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5. Plant a mix of hybrid maturities. Planting a mix of hybrids with different maturities reduces damage from diseases and environmental stress at different growth stages (improving the odds of successful pollination) and spreads out harvest time and workload. Consider spreading hybrid maturity selections between early-, mid-and full-season hybrids. For example, a 25‑50‑25 maturity planting, with 25% in early-to mid-season, 50% in mid-to full-season and 25% in full-season. Planting a range of hybrid maturities is probably the simplest and most effective way to diversify and broaden hybrid genetic backgrounds.
6. Plant full-season hybrids first. Planting a full‑season hybrid first, then alternately planting early‑season and mid‑season hybrids, allows the grower to take full advantage of maturity ranges and gives the late‑season hybrids the benefit of maximum heat unit accumulation. Full‑season hybrids generally show greater yield reduction when planting is delayed compared with short ‑to mid‑season hybrids.
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