NDSU released trial results from a study looking at corn hybrid data. NDSU Carrington Research Extension Center Director Mike Ostlie says the study showed drought tolerant corn produced only marginally more yield. “We looked at drought-tolerant corn traits versus hybrids without those traits with the added component of water strategies.” With the higher levels of irrigation in the region, there wasn’t much of a difference in variety performance. With no irrigation, there was a modest advantage to the drought-tolerant hybrids. “The drought-tolerant trait first popped up about ten years ago and it’s been working its way west. I think people will see more options in varieties than they have in the past.”
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