The drought has presented challenges for all aspects of the agriculture industry. If you ask Bluffton, Ind. based Bryan Smith, District Sales Manager for Seed Consultants, the question he hears most often from farmers is: “Will there be enough seed this year?”.
“The past two years have been challenging for everyone,” he says. “Some companies lost seed production and then there wasn’t carry-over seed. So across the industry there is a shortage. For those that may not have their seed confirmed – they need to do that immediately.”
In planning for the 2013 growing season – Smith says farmer should take a balanced approach. “If we looked at this year – and based decisions solely off of this year – I would tell my guys to plant late and to plant late maturing hybrids,” he says. “BUT we know it is going to change next year. I would tell everyone to just continue a balanced approach and to spread risk between different hybrids.”
The biggest thing, Smith says, is putting the right genetics on the right the ground.