Farmers Company Network (FBN) has released a new report that the San Carlos, California-based farmer-to-farmer community says measures the performance and payback of traits for corn hybrids and soybean varieties. FBN officials say the report comes from millions of acres of real-world yield and price data generated from within field comparisons from both corn and soybean fields managed by FBN member-farmers from 2009 to 2017 across 28 states. Highlights include:

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On average, corn and soybean traits that FBN analyzed generate just a small yield advantage when corn follows a crop other than corn. In these cases, the estimated average yield for traited corn hybrids FBN analyzed ranged from 1.5 to 3.6 bushels per acre over conventional corn hybrids. Stacked hybrids, though, had a larger yield advantage when planted in a corn-on corn environment.

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The FBN report concluded the most expensive trait packages do not necessarily mean farmers will glean the best genetics nor the greatest return on investment (ROI.) Seed prices have risen as new trait technology has entered the market, it points out. Accordingly, FBN officials advise farmers to weigh not only yield when selecting seed, but also seed costs and commodity prices.

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