Not all pounds of wheat are created equal. John Fietsam, technical product lead with WestBred wheat, shares how an Optimal Seeding Rate can help you achieve the stands you're looking for and get your wheat crop off to the right start.
Still Saving Seed?
Certified Seed presents an up-front cost, but saving seed often means paying more along the way, and that can make a big difference at harvest.
What is Certified Seed?
Certified wheat seed is defined as seed of a known variety that has passed field inspection for varietal purity, which is the absence of certain weed seeds, other cop seeds and certain seed-borne diseases. In order to meet strict quality standards, Certified Seed is tested in the lab and in the field.
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With thousands of options on the market, how do you know which wheat variety is right for your operation?
Growers who plant certified seed have access to three potential benefits each season.
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*Net revenue gain calculated as the difference in average revenue response across seed sizes ranging from 9,000 to 18,000 seeds per pound assuming an average seed cost of $18 per hundredweight for Certified Seed at 94% pure-live seed; $7.46 for saved seed at 88% pure-live seed; a seeding rate of 100 pounds per acre; a target plant stand of 1,000,000 plants per acre; a target yield of 80 bushels per acre; an average yield advantage of 5 bushels per acre for Certified Seed and a wheat price of $3.50 per bushel.
**Monsanto Market Probe Survey, 2015
Individual results may vary, and performance may vary from location to location and from year to year. This result may not be an indicator of results you may obtain as local growing, soil, and weather conditions may vary. Growers should evaluate data from multiple locations and years whenever possible.