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Farmers Ready to Purchase 2013 Seed

September 23, 2012
By: Sara Schafer, Farm Journal Media Business and Crops Editor
Corn Seed Bags

October, November and December are when farmers typically purchase seed, according to a recent Farm Journal Pulse.


Farm Journal PulseFarmers are way ahead of schedule on corn harvest this year. USDA's latest crop progress report shows 26% of the U.S. corn crop has been harvested, which is way ahead of the 9% five-year average.

As farmers close the book on this corn season, they are already planning for next year's corn crop.

This week’s Farm Journal Pulse, a text message poll of farmers and ranchers, asked: When do you plan to purchase your seed corn hybrids for 2013 crop?

Here’s a breakdown of the results:

  • September: 17%
  • October: 22%
  • November: 25%
  • December: 21%
  • January: 7%
  • February: 8%


Based on the results, nearly 85% of next year's corn seed will be bought before the end of 2012.

Click the map below to see how people responded:

Pulse 9 20 12


Will there be enough seed to go around after this year's historical drought? Read the latest on the seed supply:

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RELATED TOPICS: Corn, Crops, Seed, Farm Journal Pulse

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