Do Your Corn and Soybean Seed Trait Packages Perform... and Pay?

With low commodity prices, is purchasing newer and more expensive corn and soybean seed traits actually worth it to your bottom line?

Seed prices have risen as new trait technology have entered the market. In our latest network report, we look at genetically modified (GM) trait packages versus conventional varieties for corn and soybeans as observed across the FBN network.  

The report includes millions of acres of real-world yield and price data generated from within-field comparisons from both soybean and corn fields managed from 2009 to 2017 across 28 states. We looked at all fields in the FBN network where exactly two different trait packages were grown in the same year, in order to find side-by-side comparison datasets where conditions were presumably similar except for the trait. These side by side datasets allow us to quantify the yield difference associated with a particular trait.

Understanding the cost of traits alongside seed performance can help you optimize your seed selection for net revenue, rather than yield alone. 

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It’s important to understand the difference between seed genetics and traits in order to realize the best return from each. While genetics create yield, traits are incorporated to protect that yield potential. But, the most expensive traits, and the addition of multiple traits to seed, do not necessarily mean the best genetics, or the greatest net revenue to the farmer.Click me


 

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