Pleasant surprises and silver linings from the 2023 crop

by | Dec 7, 2023 | 5 Ag Stories, News

There were plenty of challenges that farmers faced during this year’s crop season, but, with harvest wrapped up now, many farmers can say that there were some pleasant surprises, especially when it comes to yields. Jared Goplen, agronomy manager with Wyffels Hybrids, said several factors helped the crops perform in the face of continued drought conditions.

In fact, the drought conditions caused many plants to stick their roots deeper, which helped them to access rainwater when storms actually did come through.

Challenges always provide opportunities to learn about how hybrids perform as well. Goplen said a lot of their hybrids were able to handle several different stresses.

Disease pressure was also way down this year. However, Goplen said pests like corn rootworm saw favorable conditions to wreak havoc, so Wyffels did extensive research on the impacts that were seen by farmers across the corn belt.

Goplen added that Wyffels will be analyzing the results from this year’s crops and announce their new hybrids this winter.

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