There are many variables that go into growing a successful crop. If these variables are properly managed, growers can see themselves rewarded with outstanding yields at the end of the harvest season. This year’s DEKALB Seed for Yourself Yield Challenge winners are prime examples of the type of success that one can see when they follow best management practices. Upon receiving the news that they were the champion of their respective contest zone, these growers spoke about some of the reasons why they saw such a fantastic yield from their crop at the end of the year. All of these growers had a different story to tell, but one of the things that all of them had in common was a well-managed crop from start to finish. Early seeding, swathing of canola after seeing the minimum 60% seed colour change, and proper pest control are just a few examples of best management practices implemented by Yield Challenge champions. It was exciting to see so many of this year’s champions mention their DEKALB Field Agronomist or Territory Account Manager when talking about the things that went into their superb crop. DEKALB Territory Account Managers and Field Agronomists offer excellent value to growers as far as hybrid/variety recommendations, seeding dates, harvest management, etc. and they take great pride in being able to work with a grower to help get the most out of a field.
“Pushing and maximizing
the yields, it
is fun working
with DEKALB to set targets
to push the plants in a
– Mike Bast
Looking at this year’s winning entries, of the 7 canola winners in Western Canada, 5 of them grew 74-44 BL. 74-44 BL continues to prove why it is the workhorse of the DEKALB brand canola hybrids, as growers continue to see strong yields from this multi-genic blackleg resistant product. This was not the only Genuity® Roundup Ready® Canola entry with a disease resistant package however, as the clubroot resistant 74-54 RR was a winner out of Fort Saskatchewan, AB.
"The plot was on a field that had manure 1 year ago. Our area
rep and agronomist helped pick a couple varieties that were well suited for our
area. 74-44 BL and 75-65 RR have strong genetics. With the right
conditions these varieties yield well. They are a good options for weed control
and they compete well."
– Randy Toman
The winning corn entries were diverse. Western Canada’s two champions were both Genuity® VT Double PRO® RIB Complete® products (DKC26-28 RIB and DKC30-07RIB), while Eastern Canada had three Genuity® VT Double PRO® RIB Complete® products (DKC30-07RIB, DKC35-54RIB and DKC38-03RIB) and two Genuity® SmartStax® RIB Complete® products (DKC46-82RIB and DKC57-75RIB) win the title.
As for soybeans, every soybean variety that won a contest zone was a Genuity® Roundup Ready 2 Yield® product (23-10RY, 23-60RY, 24-10RY, 26-10RY, 28-60RY). 28-60RY also features resistance to Soybean Cyst Nematode.
Complete List of Winners
Jamie Tofflemire, Tofflemire Farms
Brucelea Poultry Farm Ltd.
BCM Enterprises Ltd.
Toman Ag Ventures Inc.