In choosing varieties or hybrids, you must sort through relevant information such as technology packages for pest/weed management, relative maturity, drought tolerance, quality characteristics, and more. Determining what’s best for your geographic region and your particular fields, soil types, and management practices are critical as your final decisions can profoundly influence your farm’s ultimate productivity and the season’s profitability.
For just about every grower, balancing yield potential with the traits suited for your environment can be daunting. Additionally, it's worthwhile to keep the end customer in mind: some buyers are willing to pay a premium for grain grown from certain varieties. Below, we discuss some key considerations when it comes to choosing what varieties to plant, whether you’re considering cotton, rice, wheat, corn, or soybeans.