05 September 2023, US: Selection of soybean seed is one of the earliest and most important decisions soybean growers will make for the upcoming crop year. Knowing what challenges and opportunities lie ahead will make variety selection easier when making a seed purchase.
Turn a complicated decision into an exciting opportunity by remembering the four considerations below.
1. Take Advantage of Unique Crop Marketing Opportunities
Depending on where you operate, you may have access to certain marketing opportunities that aren’t available to everyone. In the soybean world, this would include non-GMO soybeans.
There are certain markets that may allow you to take advantage of substantial premiums. FBN® offers Virtue™ Non-GMO soybeans for farmers looking to take advantage of margin opportunities in these markets.
2. Proactively Address Field and Soil Challenges
Every field is unique, offering its own specific benefits and challenges during the growing season. Set your operation up for success next year by thoughtfully selecting seed that aligns with your specific soil types and environmental conditions. Investing in seed genetics well-suited for your fields may help you achieve higher yields and lower input costs to improve your long-term ROI.
Seed tech sheets offer helpful guidance regarding specific seeds’ performance in various categories, including disease pressure resistance, emergence, relative height, and color. FBN provides tech sheets for all seeds available for purchase on FBN Direct®. You can access these tech sheets by visiting the product page for each seed type.
For example, you can view the tech sheet for the PL2E061 brand of treated Paloma™ Enlist E3® Soybean seed by visiting the seed product page and clicking on the “Product Tech Sheet” hyperlink below the seed name.
3. Make Informed Decisions Without Missing Discounts
Rather than rushing into a decision, it’s important to weigh your options to position yourself for a successful growing season. By putting an exclusive emphasis on high yielding seed, you may hit your target yield… or you may need to overcompensate on seed and chemical expenses, negating your profit.
The FBN Flex Pick program empowers you to take advantage of early discounts without having to decide on a specific hybrid or variety until November 30, when you have more time to review performance and placement details. Without upfront commitment to a specific product, you get more time to decide on the right seed for your operation and consult with the FBN team to find the perfect product fit.
4. Plan Ahead on Weed Control
Take advantage of all the tools in your toolbox throughout the season by planning ahead on weed control strategies during your seed selection process. By selecting seed with certain crop protection tolerances, like Paloma™ Enlist E3® Soybean seed, which offers Glufosinate, Glyphosate and Enlist One® tolerances, you can rest assured that your future chemical applications will be positioned to address weed pressures without endangering your crop.
Note that federal and state EPAs regulate how and when certain chemicals can be applied. It is crucial to follow the label, as the label is the law.
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At FBN, we’re committed to putting Farmers First® and powering the prosperity of family farmers. With the right tools in your hands, along with seed price and performance data contributed by thousands of farmers, you don’t have to keep buying seed the same way.
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