Hybrid performance data can play an important role in helping you decide which hybrids to plant for the following year. It's imperative to base your decisions on good quality yield data from trials conducted at multiple locations over several years.
There are several important considerations when looking at results from trial plots or strips. Pioneer aims to be the market-leader in supplying the industry with trustworthy, reliable data on which to base your decisions.
When you're researching which hybrid to plant in your program, in your area, follow the same general guidelines that our Research team and Production growers do.
In this video Pioneer's lead Corn breeder, Stephen Wilson gives some insight into what we look for in hybrids.
Evaluate like products with one another. Different companies assign different ratings to their hybrids. For example in corn a 100 CRM Pioneer brand corn hybrid does not necessarily take the same amount of time to reach harvest maturity as a 100 CRM hybrid from another company. When comparing hybrids look at widescale research data.
The smaller the yield differences between products, the more trials that are needed to ensure the measured difference is real and not just due to chance. Pioneer has a commitment to only publish data with a minimum of 10 data points. Less than this minimum, statistically this data isn't accurate enough to be used for future hybrid prediction. Remember when looking at trial data there is not a winning hybrid -- no one hybrid will be best for all situations. It takes a complete package of hybrids to best fit your management system and environment. Remember to consider planting partners and look at traits as well as yield.