Agronomist optimistic about yields despite drought

An agronomist remains optimistic about yields, despite the very dry growing season. 

Branden Furseth with Dairyland Seed tells Brownfield farmers and other agronomists are pleased with how modern genetics have helped crops tolerate drought.  Furseth says corn and soybean height are going to be suppressed, but he’s encouraged by field observations. “So far, a lot of what I’m seeing is a lot of that crop still has the ear potential still there. We’re getting those 14, 16, 18 kernel rows on an ear, which is a good sign at this point.”

Furseth says there is a lot of growing season left, and timely rain now can go a long way toward a good yield. “If we can drop pollen on those silks in the corn crop, and get the beans through flowering, there’s still potential out there.”

And Furseth is excited about seed technology coming to market soon. “Our next generation of corn rootworm technology that we’re bringing out. PowerCore® Enlist® is going to be a big one for us as well for the above-ground technology coming in the next couple of years. Disease traits are a big focus.”

Interview: Brandon Furseth from Dairyland Seed

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