Harvest has started across the state. This summer was stressful for many farmers in Nebraska. The lack of rain and intense heat during the most pivotal times in the crops cycle may make some farmers nervous to read their yield monitors in their combines. In eastern Nebraska where we live, we had some timely rains and will hopefully have good yields during harvest time.
Jared is a Pioneer seed representative and works with local farmers to provide them with seed to grow. During the spring, we put in test plots to see how different hybrids stack up against the others. There is so much more that goes in farming than just putting the seed into the ground. Before planting, Jared will work with his customers to make sure the hybrids they are planting will work well with the soil type and area they are growing in.
Different hybrids do different things. Some types of corn grow better if there’s a drought, some are resistant against certain diseases, and others have different maturity lengths. There’s no perfect corn hybrid for every possible situation – yet – but scientists, farmers and seed reps work together to make sure we’re growing to the best of our potential.
This plot had 18 different types of corn plants. We harvest each hybrid separately, weigh it and then mathematically determine the actual yield of that hybrid.
It’s a time consuming process, but it provides the farmer with real data to understand how each hybrid could potentially perform for his or her farm.
Farmers and scientists are always working together to make sure we are producing food, fuel and fiber as efficiently as possible.