Monday, November 28, 2016

State Crop Hybrid/Variety Trials: A Wealth of Information

Seed is one of the best ways to transfer technology to the farm-gate. Every year universities across the country conduct crop hybrid/variety evaluation programs. The purpose of these programs is to provide unbiased performance comparisons of crop varieties and hybrids available commercially to farmers. These trials are important because slight increases in yield can translate into huge economic impacts for farmers. For example, a one bushel increase by U.S. corn farmers across 90 million acres increases farm income $180 to $450 million depending upon corn price ($2 to $5 per bushel). Recent corn yields have been increasing at the rate of 2 bushels per acre year.

Click below to get the latest crop hybrid/variety results.

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Colorado 2016 --- 2016 2016
Iowa 2016 2016 --- 2016
Illinois 2016 2016 2016 2016
Indiana 2016 2016 --- 2016
Kansas 2016 2016 2016 2016
Kentucky 2016 2016 2016 2016
Michigan 2016 2016 2016 2016
Minnesota 2016 2016 2016 2016
Missouri 2016 2016 2016 2016
Nebraska 2016 2016 2016 2016
North Dakota 2016 2016 2016 2016
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South Dakota 2016 2016 2016 2016
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Friday, November 18, 2016

2016 Wisconsin Corn Hybrid Performance Trials



2016 Wisconsin Corn Hybrid Performance Trials
Grain - Silage - Specialty - Organic

Every year, the University of Wisconsin Extension-Madison and College of Agricultural and Life Sciences conduct a corn evaluation program, in cooperation with the Wisconsin Crop Improvement Association. The purpose of this program is to provide unbiased performance comparisons of hybrid seed corn available in Wisconsin. These trials evaluate corn hybrids for both grain and silage production performance. In 2016, grain and silage performance trials were planted at fourteen locations.

Situation: A one bushel increase by Wisconsin corn farmers increases farm income $8 to $32 million dollars depending upon corn price.

Objective: To provide unbiased performance comparisons of hybrid seed corn available in Wisconsin.

These results are a ''Consumer Report'' for commercial corn hybrids. The trials evaluate grain, silage, and systems including organic, transgenic and refuge systems.

Monday, October 31, 2016

Early 2016 Corn Grain Yields Look Promising for Wisconsin

We have never had a year like 2016  for high grain yields in the UW Corn Performance Trials. Every location had yields above the 10-year average (see below). For example, at Arlington over the previous 10-years (2006 and 2015) we have tested 1501 corn hybrids with an overall yield average of 232 bu/A. In 2016 we tested 127 hybrids which produced an average yield of 258 bu/A, an 11% increase over the previous 10-year average. This year corn hybrids at Arlington, Montfort, Chippewa Falls, Marshfield, Seymour, Valders, Coleman and Spooner produced a yield increase of more than 10% over the 10-year average.

This year is unique because usually at one or more locations, corn yields are below the 10-year average and the percent change column is negative. Stay tuned for publication results of individual hybrids and the top performances of 2016.