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Channel seedsman offers insight into harvested crop

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Combines are rolling and early harvest results are pouring in.

We hear from a Channel seedsman who was able to harvest both corn and soybeans Friday.

Jay Buline, Channel seedsman in southeast Iowa, harvested a test plot Friday in Grandview, Iowa. 

The plot featured eight corn hybrids, as well as a side-by-side experiment. Corn hybrids featured in the side-by-side trial included: 215-75 and 216-36. Buline says the side-by-side experiment hopes to provide seedsmen with a better understanding of the two products. 

“The 216-36 was out a year later than the 215-75 and we have seen good results with it,” Buline said. “What we’re doing today is comparing the two numbers to see how good the hybrids do, so we can make recommendations to the growers next season.”

Both hybrids performed well, maintaining good standability up till harvest. Early harvest results show comparable outcomes, with both earning better than expected yields and retaining little moisture.

“We have a good amount of acres out on each hybrid, about the same amount per hybrid. The 215-75 is in the lead right now with 239 bushels to the acre and moisture at 17.3 percent. The 216-36 DroughtGard, Double PRO (has) 236 (bushels to the acre) with a 17.2 percent moisture,” Buline said.

Buline harvested soybeans earlier in the day, which brought variable results. 

“We’ve been in beans, with about 240 acres out, and have seen a couple different things. We have a field that typically averages anywhere from 65 to 70 bushel per acre. This year it was lagging, at 56 bushels per acre. Then we moved to a field about a mile away and it was averaging 65 bushels per acre. It was dried down to 10- to 11-percent moisture,” Buline said. 

Buline admits, “This was not an ideal year for crops.” He asks growers to let this crop year serve as a reminder of the importance of using multiple hybrids.

“We like to be able to see the differences throughout the season. What we don’t like to see is someone grow one, single hybrid,” Buline said. “That’s the importance of putting two, three or four hybrids out there, depending on the size of the operation. We like to split our risk a little bit because every year is different. We cannot control that; hybrids react differently to the conditions.”