NORTH DAKOTA: This time of year I come across many growers who are rehashing their crop’s performance for the year, and it never fails that many feel someone else in their area out-performed them. Whether it’s simple coffee shop talk or that someone else actually did out-yield them, the same response is always given, “The variety they had must have been better.”
While variety might have played part of the role, I would encourage you to ask about the other agronomic practices that could have caused the neighbor to put a few more bushels in the bin than you did.
Common questions I would ask would be:
- When did you plant?
- How deep did you plant?
- What kind of tillage practices did you use?
- What kind of seed treatment did you use?
- What did you do for fertility?
- What was your herbicide program?
Now, there are several other questions you could be asking, but this is where I would start. Some of these seemingly very minor things could result in drastic changes in yield under the right environmental conditions.
Reporting from Fargo, North Dakota