• Seed
  • Sep 20, 2018

Manage Field Variability in Soybean Crops

Two men looking at CROPLAN seed bags
I can’t think of many fields that are completely uniform in soil type from fence row to fence row, nor can I think of two years where the weather is the same. Variability is a common issue on farms, which can make it tricky to purchase the right soybean seed for a particular soil type.
But there is a solution. It’s the combination of two different soybean varieties that is offered in CROPLAN® branded WinPak® varieties. These unique combinations of both offensive and defensive varieties provide an exceptional level of stability throughout the field by working together to increase yield potential on tough acres while maintaining yield in higher-producing areas.
What we select for
We choose seed that will be complementary in terms of agronomic features, such as region-specific disease tolerance, heat and drought tolerance, standability, and yield potential. This happens after we’ve selected the appropriate maturities. We select maturities carefully so the two varieties have a consistent drydown in the field, which helps eliminate problems at harvest. Our seed pairings are strategic; they are carefully formulated to provide farmers with optimal performance in their specific regions.
Managing variability
Achieving optimal yield potential with variable soils can be difficult, and planting diverse soybean varieties can help balance dissimilar soil types through more appropriate management.  For example, while soybean variety A is projected to do well on your fine and medium-textured soils, you may have other areas of the field with pockets of coarse-textured soil where that variety may not do as well as variety B, which is projected to have a strong performance on those tougher soils. Combining the two varieties improves the overall average yield potential of the field as a whole.
Proven in the field
A premium pairing of soybean seed varieties can provide a consistent boost to yield potential that is otherwise hard to find. In fact, 2016–2017 data from regional Answer Plot® trials show WinPak varieties consistently outperformed their individual component varieties by 2.1 bushels per acre.
Latest traits
We have added a number of WinPak varieties to the CROPLAN seed lineup that contain the newest Roundup Ready 2 Xtend® trait technology. And we maintain and refine combinations that include established seed technologies such as LibertyLink® and Roundup Ready 2 Yield®. We listen to our retailers when they tell us what their farmers are requesting for WinPak offerings and do our best to provide them with new options.
WinPak varieties can help you capitalize on your top-end yield potential in the better areas of the field and offer solid defense in areas where you have greater variability in soil type. They can also help balance the variability inherent in other factors that affect overall yield potential, such as weather challenges. Talk with your local trusted advisor today about how WinPak varieties can help you get a jump on your soybean strategy for the 2019 season.
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