Heading into planting season, a survey conducted by Pioneer revealed farmers are concerned about having too little moisture, too much moisture and fertility. If the primary concern is little or no moisture, Pioneer Agronomy Science Manager Dan Berning says the first step is to plant varieties suitable for dry environments. “Select hybrids with reliable drought tolerance, adjust seeding rates for yield potential and recognize we may have short subsoil moisture at the beginning.” Other management strategies are also recommended. “Make sure soil fertility is adequate so we don’t have additional stresses impacting the crop and then, we can stagger things like planting dates and relative maturities to ensure the entire crop isn’t flowering at the same time.”
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