Steve Lawler, Ogden, Iowa: I’ve learned to trust the people who advise me. The hybrids change so fast I’m not planting anything today that is exactly the same as what we were growing three years ago.
You really have to take a leap of faith that they know what they are talking about. It is hard for a farmer to do all the research himself that the seed rep does, with all of the people he visits with in all types of situations.
I want to plant the latest and greatest. But often the hybrids are similar to what I was planting, just upgraded with traits that are better for this or that. Seed selection has…become a 10-months-a-year job.
It’s all about getting the right hybrid on the right field. This year we probably had 10 different corn hybrids on our farm.
This is in contrast to the drought year of 2012. You can’t really pick hybrids based on disaster scenarios, but this year we did stray away from anything that couldn’t handle dry weather.
Our seed people—all three companies—check our crop and try to add value and be part of this team. These days if a dealer isn’t active with your agronomy, they probably won’t be your seed dealer for the long term.