Seed supply could be tight again this year for corn. (Photo by Carrie Muehling/WJBC)
By Carrie Muehling
BLOOMINGTON – Seed supply could be tight for corn again this year.
While companies like Monsanto spread their production acres over a wide area to mitigate risk and also utilize irrigation in many cases, last year’s drought did have an effect on seed production.
“If we truly plant 99 million acres, things are going to feel tight,” said Matthew Kirkpatrick, Illinois marketing manager with Monsanto.
Kirkpatrick said even at 95 or 96 million acres, farmers might not get all of their first choice hybrids, but there will be seed available. Monsanto ordered more winter production in South America than they had originally planned to ensure an adequate supply and Kirkpatrick said that seed will be available in time for the 2013 planting season.
“We’re spending the extra money to make sure that we get this product here in time. It’s an added cost that you don’t like to have, but it’s necessary to make sure that we’re a reliable supplier for our customers,” said Kirkpatrick.
Kirkpatrick said when it comes to soybeans, it is not the supply but the seed size that could be an issue for farmers this year.
“This larger seed size is going to impact things a little bit. Guys need to make sure and look at what they’re getting delivered and what seed size they’ve got on those bags. Make sure they get that planter out early and make the necessary adjustments to make sure they’ve got proper placement this spring,” said Kirkpatrick.
Kirkpatrick said corn rootworm management will continue to be important in the coming year, especially on continuous corn acres. He said farmers with heavy pressure might need to rotate to another crop like soybeans or look at dual modes of action for protection. Residue management, fertility management and scouting continue to complement seed selection as growers work to maximize yield.
Kirkpatrick was in Bloomington Thursday for a winter agronomy meeting presented by Asgrow and Dekalb.
Carrie Muehling can be reached at email@example.com.