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Four Ways High Yield Potential Begins with Strategic Planting

May 4, 2021

The decisions you make at planting can impact the yield potential you see this growing season.

High yield potential starts before your soybean seed even goes into the ground. Making strategic choices regarding genetics, planter settings and herbicide applications sets the foundation for a successful growing season. It’s important to preserve all the yield potential you can, especially with higher commodity prices this year.

Here are 4 planting factors to consider:

  1. Choose the best genetics. Every field has different needs, and there are many hybrids and varieties to consider. Working with a local seed expert can help you navigate the options and select one that best suits your needs.
  2. Be mindful of planter settings. Remember to check and adjust settings between fields, particularly when planting seeds of different sizes.
  3. Pick the appropriate depth and spacing. Planting depths vary based on soil type and moisture, but a good rule of thumb is 1.5” for corn hybrids and 1 – 1.5” for soybean varieties. Other agronomic practices, such as narrow row spacing and increased plant populations, can help promote crop growth and competitive ability.
  4. Trust conditions – not the calendar – to determine timing. You may be tempted to start planting on a certain date, but it’s vital to wait for suitable conditions. For both soybeans and corn, soil temperatures should be 50° F with warmer temperatures forecasted, and soil should be dry enough to ensure proper closure of the seed slot and prevent compaction.

Once planted, your crops are at immediate risk from weeds. Weeds create competition for resources as soon as they emerge, stealing sunlight, water and nutrients from the crop, which stunts growth and, ultimately, lowers yield potential. Help prevent this by shifting your focus to getting your plants to canopy as quickly as possible. Applying a strong herbicide program with overlapping residuals will give crops the advantage in this crucial early-season window.

Planning Your Herbicide Program

A 2-pass herbicide program with a focus on residual coverage will build on your strong planting choices, setting you up for clean fields and high yield potential.

For soybeans, the Syngenta herbicide portfolio includes flexible preemergence options – including Boundary® 6.5 EC, BroadAxe® XC and Prefix® herbicides – for effective weed control across a range of geographies, soil types and all trait systems. Follow one of these options with Tavium® Plus VaporGrip® Technology herbicide in dicamba-tolerant soybeans.

Sequence® herbicide can also be applied preemergence for any other trait platform for long-lasting residual control.

To identify which soybean herbicide program will work best for your fields, use our soybean herbicide program planning tool.

In corn, a full rate of Acuron® herbicide preemergence can help you discover 5-15 more bushels an acre than any other corn herbicide.* Acuron contains 4 active ingredients, including the unique bicyclopyrone (BIR), and 3 effective sites of action to provide powerful weed control, longest-lasting residual and proven crop safety. Effective season-long weed management can lead to more bushels and more revenue potential. Calculate your revenue potential with Acuron.

Visit ResistanceFighter.com or talk to your local Syngenta retailer or sales representative about knocking out tough and resistant weeds in your area.

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*Acuron yield advantage based on 2016 Syngenta and university replicated trials comparing Acuron to Corvus®, Resicore®, SureStart® II and Verdict® applied preemergence and at full labeled rates. For more information on Acuron versus an individual product, ask your Syngenta representative.