The right seed at the right planting population

March 15, 2017
Author Jeremy Horvatich

Increase the performance and profitability potential for your fields with these Hoegemeyer planting population recommendations. Our recommendations are powered by years of local testing data.

The testing – multiple testing variables for a better understanding of product performance

Hoegemeyer continues our extensive work on corn population studies. We test our current line-up along with new experimental hybrids coming down the pipeline. At each location, we plant four rows, 20 ft plots at five populations (18k, 26K, 34K, 42K, 50K) and we replicate this process three times. We will take stand counts and harvest the middle two rows come harvest time. This provides us information to help understand how these hybrids perform at different yield environments.

Each location will then be categorized into one of four different Yield Environments:

  • Very High equals  >240 Bu/A
  • High equals 180-240 Bu/A
  • Medium equals 120-180 Bu/A
  • Low equals <120 Bu/A

The results – ideal plant population recommendations for your unique acres

As a result, we create these population charts for each hybrid in our line-up to help educate farmers about the ideal population for their yield environment. Use these recommendations and work with your local Hoegemeyer dealer to maximize the potential of your seed.​ 

The team – in-house agronomy research to provide local solutions

At Hoegemeyer, we are proud of the in-house agronomy research that we provide to farmers to help educate their farming decisions. It’s just one more step in offering top-quality products coupled with expert advice that provide you that Western Corn Belt Performance you deserve on your acres.


Categories: Corn, Planting, Population     Comments: 0    

High soil pH a concern?

February 21, 2017
Author Craig Langemeier

A great harvest starts in the SPRING when planting the right seed on your unique acres. Growers often reference corn suitability ratings to provide valuable insight to a hybrid’s strengths and weaknesses, and how that translates into productivity and profitability for their acres.

Know your soil profile

When it comes down to seed selection, growers should take into account the soil profile in each field. High soil pH is a common challenge in the Western Corn Belt. Decreasing soil pH through management practices is very difficult and typically not economical, so what should a producer do? “Plant a hybrid with good tolerance to high soil pH, a suitability score of 5 or higher,” states Craig Langemeier, Hoegemeyer sales agronomist.

The effects of high pH soils

Hoegemeyer is committed to providing growers products that can tolerate these stressful pH conditions. High pH soils cause a symptom known as Iron Deficiency Chlorosis (IDC). Several nutrients become harder for the plant to extract from the soil at a pH above 7.5 including phosphorus, zinc, iron and manganese. This may cause stunting, yellowing, interveinal chlorosis and even plant death in some hybrids.

Commitment to research

Hoegemeyer conducts extensive research on all products before they are brought to market. Research efforts have recently ramped up to provide high-performing pH tolerant products growers demand. During the 2016 growing season, replicated trials were conducted with over 70 entries at two high pH environment locations. This research aids in providing the right seed to perform in your soil type.

Selecting the right seed

Do you have high soil pH? Do you have the right seed to perform these acres? Different genetics are going to perform differently on each soil type, be confident you’re selecting the right seed for your farms – talk to your local Hoegemeyer dealer for placement recommendations.  Check out the Hoegemeyer brand hybrids that are recommended for high soil pH here.


Categories: Corn, High pH Soil, Soils     Comments: 0    

Plot Testing For The Right Seed

December 12, 2016
Author Craig Langemeier

Your harvest success starts with the right seed. Selecting the right seed for your soil type, growing environment and field variability are crucial considerations each year. Hoegemeyer uses a large network of on-farm test plots to evaluate our products to help growers ensure they are placing the right hybird on each acre. Our test plot protocol evaluates:

This information gathered allows us to help farmers select THE RIGHT SEED for each unique growing condition. Contact your Hoegemeyer sales representative to learn more about why Hoegemeyer Hybrids make the right seed for your farm in 2017.

I recently shared insights from the Hoegemeyer Hybrid test plots with Shalee Peters from KRVN. Listen here for more info.


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Thankful for 80 Years of Service

November 23, 2016
Author Stephan Becerra

At Hoegemeyer Hybrids, we are humbled and grateful to be celebrating 80 years in the seed industry. Over the past eight decades, there have been many ups and downs in the agriculture industry. But we know agriculture is the backbone of this country and we take great pride in getting to play our part in this journey.

As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday, I want to extend a thank you to all of our customers, dealers and employees who make our work at Hoegemeyer so worthwhile and enjoyable. We know that you have many choices when it comes to seed suppliers and we are thankful that you place your trust in us for your seed needs.

Thank you, for your friendships and business. Wishing you all a safe and Happy Thanksgiving!


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Delayed Corn and Soybean Planting and Replant Decisions

May 31, 2016
Author Ryan Spurgeon

Every year, when the calendar gets close to June, the question of whether to back off on relative maturity or not arises at least somewhere in the Hoegemeyer footprint.  Some areas this spring have been continually hit with significant rain events that have not allowed corn planting to progress. No matter what date you planted your corn, it still takes about 125 growing degree units (GDU’s) for corn to emerge. In addition, research has shown that full season corn hybrids can also adapt to GDU’s needed for growth and maturity when planted later.  For example, a corn hybrid will adjust to late planting by reducing the GDU’s necessary to reach black layer by about 6 units per day. An example would be a hybrid planted on May 20th that would require about 150 fewer GDU’s than the same hybrid planted on April 25th. Although the time required for a late planted hybrid to go from silk to black layer is increased, the time period from planting to flowering (tassel) is actually significantly reduced.  Although later corn planting dates are not beneficial overall in terms of yield response, later planting dates will help accelerate emergence out of the ground and the plant will benefit from more measurable GDU’s per day after emergence compared to significantly earlier dates.

There is a point when backing up in maturity does make sense, especially as one moves north. In general, the best chance to approach optimum yield vs. planting date is still achieved by sticking with the normal adapted corn maturity for that area until the last week of May. After that, reducing maturity by about 5 days is justified as we approach June 1st. As we enter the 2nd week of June, reducing maturity by another 5 days is justified. Beyond the 2nd week of June, planting corn is usually not advised. Note that these estimates vary some depending on the individual situation and geography. If we were able to predict a cooler than normal grain filling period (August and early September), then one might error on the side of caution and plant an earlier hybrid the closer we get to June. 
Questions regarding corn replant? Several factors come into play but as the calendar moves into the 1st week of June, more times than not, the best choice is to leave your remaining stand. Table 2 from Iowa State University gives estimated yield potential for corn at different final plant populations and planting dates.

Heavy, persistent rains have also delayed soybean planting for several areas of the Hoegemeyer footprint. Take a look at this article from UNL extension in regards to delayed soybean planting decisions and practices.
http://cropwatch.unl.edu/delayed-planting-in-soybeans  This article uses June 15 as a potential date to consider a 1/2 maturity group reduction (example would be reducing from a 3.5 RM to a 3.0 RM). However, we feel June 20 is a more relevant date for locations south of Interstate 80. As one moves north of Highway 20 in Nebraska and Iowa, June 1st can be used as a potential date for a ½ maturity group reduction (example would be reducing from a 2.5 RM to a 2.0 RM). Past situations would show that fuller season soybeans give the best chance for yield, especially as we move south, for several reasons:

1. Late planted full-season soybeans south of I-80 are not at the same risk of a fall freeze as those planted further north.
2. For the most part, short season soybeans do not move south well. Soybeans are triggered to go into reproductive mode based off daylight. They are more sensitive to photoperiod than corn. There is typically more heat as you move south, but also longer nights. Soybeans that are very early in maturity, that are planted late into a southern zone will potentially be very short and will not produce much for pods or canopy.
3. Fuller season soybeans still have the best potential to capitalize on late season rains come September and early October.

If you have specific questions about your farm, please don’t hesitate to contact someone on our Agronomy team.  We are here to ensure the long-term success on your farm!


Categories: Corn, Management, Planting, Ryan Spurgeon, Soybeans     Comments: 0     Tags: 2016 Planting, corn, Hoegemeyer Agronomy Team, replant, replant guidelines, Ryan Spurgeon, soybeans    

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