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2012 U of MN Corn Trials available online


By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Nov 16th, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

Jerrold Tesmer, Extension Educator for Fillmore/Houston Counties

University of Minnesota Extension Educator-Crops Liz Stahl and U of MN Extension Corn Agronomist Jeff Coulter have made the results of the 2012 University of Minnesota corn grain and silage trials are available online at the following links:

•2012 Corn Grain Hybrid Trial Results: http://z.umn.edu/corn2012

•2012 Corn Silage Hybrid Trial Results: http://z.umn.edu/cornsilage2012

Results are based on replicated trials conducted at multiple locations across Minnesota to provide growers and agronomists with an unbiased source of information on hybrid performance. In a year where tremendous variability was observed within fields as well as among locations, information from replicated trials like the University of MN trials is particularly valuable as replication helps account for this variability.

Since we can’t predict next year’s growing conditions, when selecting hybrids it is recommended to choose hybrids that perform well over multiple locations within a region. Hybrids that consistently perform well over multiple environments, including different soil and weather conditions, have greater potential to perform well the next year compared to hybrids with less consistence performance.

Growers are also encouraged to select hybrids based on trial results from multiple sources, including other university results, the Minnesota Corn Growers Association, seed companies, and on-farm strip trials. Results from unbiased and replicated trials that include multiple hybrids from a number of sources are of particular importance.

Please note that these results, along with results for other significant crops in Minnesota, will published in the “Minnesota Varietal Trials Results” publication, which should be out by early January of 2013.

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