The season that started out with cold fronts and frost, morphed into one of the hottest and driest seasons in more than 125 years. With a total precipitation of only 14.64 inches (0.67 below average) and the hottest June on record, the word “drought” felt like an understatement in the north and west areas of the U.S. In the central and southern corn belt, farmers were facing the opposite challenge – too much water was saturating their fields.
These variable conditions caused stress to the plant, which allowed diseases like Fusarium Crown Rot, Anthracnose Stalk Rot, Southern Rust and Tar Spot to take hold. Of course, we never wish these conditions on any farmer, but the AgriGold agronomists were eager to evaluate how the crops were performing against these challenging conditions and disease pressures.
Our agronomy team is dedicated to doing whatever it takes to provide a solid seed portfolio, and this year that meant being committed to real-time analysis of our products as they fought the challenging conditions. In AgReliant’s pre-commercial research, our team visited nearly 200 research plots to collect data about how each potential new hybrid was performing against drought, disease and even saturation in some areas. In addition, our agronomists were analyzing the tried-and-true AgriGold hybrids to gain an even deeper understanding of how each hybrid stands up to the test against stress. The tough conditions mean that your AgriGold agronomist is now even more of an expert at managing our top-performing hybrids through anything Mother Nature throws at them.
Now, as bins are filling and combines are finding their way back to the shed, it’s time to use insights from last year to plan for the season ahead. The AgriGold agronomy team put in more than 50,000 hours pursuing agronomic advancements this season, and now they’re ready to put that expertise to work collaborating with farmers like you. Whenever you’re ready, Let’s Talk Seed.
Whitney Monin, National Agronomy Manager