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Seed Tips for Reducing Input Costs

You can lower input costs when it comes to seeds in any number of ways. Whether it's variable rate seeding or simply choosing the seeds that will perform best in your fields; it's all about doing things right the first time.

Soybean seeding rates can be reduced with little yield variation.

Soybean seeding rates of 150,000 per acre have been found to yield equally whether in 7.5 or 15 in. rows when using glyphosate tolerant seed; a 20% seeding rate reduction for full season beans was not generally found to yield significantly different than the standard seeding rate, resulting in a 20% cost savings for seed.

Variable rate corn planting can provide cost savings.

With seed corn costs reaching $250 to $350 for multiple stack genetics, you can reduce costs with variable rate seeding. As soil capability changes from high to low throughout a field, you can vary population rates to save money on seed. The revolutionary IntelliAg™ precision farming system can monitor and control your seed application with just one terminal.

Use soybean seed that carries resistance to soybean cyst nematode.

University research has found that 80% of farmers think they do not have a soybean cyst nematode (SCN) problem, but 80% of them do. SCN is a pervasive Corn Belt pest that can significantly reduce soybean yields. Using a seed with SCN resistance will improve revenue without increasing production costs. Additionally, rotating the genetic source of the resistance will help ensure SCN does not adapt itself and gain a stronghold in your soybean fields.

Use soybean seed with resistance to common diseases in your fields.

Wet conditions in many soybean fields in 2008 fostered increased problems with phytophthora root and stem rot, particularly in fields with poor drainage. However, this disease, which destroys soybean plants and reduces yield potential, can be overcome with the use of seed biotypes that resist phytophthora. Your soybean seed supplier will have varieties for your farm.

Fungicides can prevent yield and revenue loss if applied efficiently.

Knowing the diseases that hide in your soil can be a great advantage in effective prevention. Some cornfields have perennial foliar fungal problems, but using appropriate fungicides after pollination can prevent these. Similarly using seed treatments for both corn and soybeans can be effective preventive measures if fungal problems have been properly scouted and identified.

Incorporate DICKEY-john products to maximize the efficiency of your planting.

Whether you’re planting corn, soybeans, wheat, or any other crop, DICKEY-john monitors and control systems can make your planting more efficient and help counteract the high price of seed. Click on the links below to learn more about these revolutionary DICKEY-john products.

  • IntelliAg™— This precision farming system monitors and controls with just one terminal, eliminating the need for multiple controllers.
  • PM Series Planter Monitors— With models to monitor as few as 1 row or as many as 36 rows simultaneously, this series has what you need to optimize planting and minimize skips and misses.
  • Seed Manager™ SE Monitor— Puts the power of state-of-the-art high-rate sensors to work for maximum performance and precision monitoring on air carts, drills, and planters.
  • DjASM™ II Air Cart Monitor— Precisely monitors flow on large drills and seeders to help prevent lost profit from unseeded strips.
  • DM100 Drill Monitor— Gives you the flexibility to monitor seed flow on up to 10 rows and up to 5 hopper level sensors with incredible performance.