A new source of yield worries in 2013: Seed availability and quality. Seed company representatives say the 2012 seed crops turned out better than expected during the growing season and overall supplies should be adequate. However, some agronomists say there could be shortages of some high-demand corn varieties. In addition, the germination standard in some lots could be in the 80% range and flat seed may be in shorter supply while rounds are more plentiful.
When it comes to soybeans, seed grown in some regions may be unusually large, requiring adjustments to the planter.
Prices are slightly above last year's, especially for those with technological advancements such as refuge in the bag.
If you run into issues with your seed order, appeal to your salesman – in some cases seed companies say they may adjust prices for quirks caused by last year's weather.
Editor’s note: Richard Brock, Corn & Soybean Digest's marketing editor, is president of Brock Associates, a farm market advisory firm, and publisher of The Brock Report.