It wasn t the first day of school, but several dozen soybean and corn producers piled into buses early this September to examine new offerings at Marc Hutlet Seeds Inc.
Moving forward in the spring of 2012, our (soybean) lineup will be revamped to include the Y-Series, three to be specific, Y61, Y71 and Y81, said Marc Hutlet, an independent sales representative for Pioneer. What they bring to the table compared to other varieties, will be yield and maturity.
Hutlet pointed out crop rotations in the Red River Valley have been pushed to the limit, with some farmers needing to repeat crops far more often than ideal. The result is the need for good white mould tolerance in soybeans, something he said is found in the three new varieties being introduced.
Although there has been no shortage of heat this summer, eastern Manitoba s generally shorter growing season is also a factor to be considered, Hutlet
said. He added although other varieties may have positive qualities in terms of yields, he was looking to offer something with earlier maturity, such as theY-Series.
If we have above-average heat units like this year, its not a problem, but when we deal with a shorter season, we can have issues, he noted. This year we ve had a nice long growing season, so I think pretty much all the varieties would be fine.
Edgar Scheurer farms 5,000 acres in the Dugald area and is using the Y71 soybeans this year for about 300 acres.
They look OK, but we won t know for sure until we get the combine in there, he said while touring new varieties. Every year is different. You think you ve got it all figured out this year, and I ll plant the whole farm with this variety, and then it turns out to be the wrong one.
Scheurer added he is using about half a dozen soybean varieties this year to guard against fluctuation in growing conditions.
Pioneer agronomy research manager Kristen Hacault said the Y-series also offers greater disease resistance.
You get a better disease package and higher yield, she said. What the Y stands for in the Y-Series beans is a process called AYT, which stands for accelerated yield technologies. It s a combination of marker-assisted selection and very specific phenotyping and also of laser microchipping, that really allows us to identify what products are going to have positive attributes in the very early stages of breeding.
However, she added that with all varieties, growing conditions will determine final yields and best management practices should be applied.
The agronomist noted new technologies are assisting in making new varieties possible more quickly.
Technology has come so far, we have gone from having to pick through thousands and thousands and thousands of lines to now be able to go in at a very early stage of the breeding process and get these products to market in a very short period of time, Hacault said.
Several corn varieties were also examined during the tour, giving farmers the ability to see how plants had held up during this year s volatile weather; first too wet a season, then far too dry.
The introduction of P7443R was a new product that was out in the fields this year, it s an early corn hybrid with some drought tolerance, which has left it looking pretty good in these conditions, said Hutlet.
He added the emphasis on corn hybrids is also on early maturation.
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