Editor's Notebook: Make Opportunities Pay

July 22, 2017 02:41 AM

Seed choices drive dollars. When selecting seed the sweet taste of a “cheap” price can quickly sour at the end of the season if bushels run thin. 

That’s why it’s critical to leverage the ever expanding list of seed choices to your advantage. Put in the time to sort through them in the context of your own operation and find opportunities that are right for you. Just as importantly, avoid the ones that aren’t.

For example, choosing a less expensive hybrid next season might sound like an easy way to save money. On page 12, Farm Journal Field Agronomist Ken Ferrie helps you see through that apparent 
“opportunity” to the trap it might become if cheaper seed falls short of yield goals by as little as 5 bu. per acre. 

Stuck in the same rotation rut? North Dakota farmer Jared Hagert seized the opportunity in niche crops when he added edible beans to his rotation, growing revenue while using the same equipment he uses to raise soybeans. He and four other farmers share their advice starting on page 16. 

Similarly, if you think going non-GMO next year is an easy way to save cash, read on page 24 about all the work Arkansas farmer Nathan Reed invests in managing his non-GMO acres to make them pay off. As you’ll find out, it’s not simple, but it’s an opportunity many find worth exploring.

Yes, choices drive dollars. Bad choices drive dollars away. Thanks for letting us help you sort through the good and bad to find what’s right for your operation. 

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