Nov 29 2023
Evaluating the 2023 University of Minnesota Corn and Soybean Varietal Trials
In this episode, CropCast hosts Dave Nicolai and Seth Naeve visit with Tom Hoverstad, Researcher at the Southern Research and Outreach Center, Waseca, MN. Tom is one of the authors and researchers of the 2023 Corn Grain Field Crops Trial Results. The Minnesota Corn Evaluation Program is conducted by the University of Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station to provide unbiased information for corn growers when they choose which brand of corn to purchase and grow. The program is financed in part by entry fees from private seed companies that choose to enter their hybrids and varieties for testing. Tom reviewed the 2023 growing season, corn yields and corn variety selection criteria that he has followed over the years. In addition, Seth Nave, University of Minnesota Extension soybean specialist discussed the Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station performance testing of appropriately adapted public and private soybean entries. Seth reviewed the 2023 soybean growing season as the yields were impacted by variable rainfall across the state. The varietal trials evaluate soybean disease, soybean cyst nematode and yields in multi locations across Minnesota. Growers and ag professionals can review the 2023 Minnesota Field Crop Variety Trials at https://varietytrials.umn.edu/ for barley, canola, corn grain, oat, soybean, spring wheat, winter rye, and winter wheat as well.