Are Early Seed Discounts Worth It?

Corn producers are already planning for next year and now is the time when many seed companies are offering hybrids at discounted prices.

While it is difficult to pass up a good deal, it is important that producers don’t consider price alone when making decisions about purchasing seeds. Remember, when it comes to seed, there is a huge variation in yield. In fact, a particular hybrid may produce 50 or more bushels per acre than an alternative hybrid, depending on a variety of factors, including location. And just because a hybrid performs well in one location one year that doesn’t mean it will duplicate that performance the next year. After all, no environment remains exactly the same from one year to the next.

In light of this fact, regional data is preferable over data from a single location. If a hybrid performs consistently among a number of top hybrids in all testing locations, this is an indication that it will do so the next year. Likewise, if performance is inconsistent across a variety of locations, it cannot be depended on to perform well the next season. This is true even if a hybrid was hugely successful in one particular field in the current year.

Whether or not you are looking to buy seeds at a discounted rate, purchasing seeds always requires a great deal of research if you want to purchase the best variety. This means looking at data from as many sources as possible, including university and state testing programs and Farmers’ Independent Research of Seed Technology trials. It also is important to deal with a trusted seedsman who has an intimate knowledge of seed corn hybrids and can provide a valuable assessment of hybrid fitness.

Many agriculture experts suggest planting a range of maturities to spread risk. As an independent seed company, Terning Seeds has multiple genetic sources within its hybrid lineup.

Early season seed discounts of up to 15 percent will attract many farmers. Thankfully, there is usually some flexibility given to producers who may want to change their order at a later date. In fact, it is this flexibility that makes producers confident enough to put their order in early. By placing relatively generic orders, adjustments can be made once producers get the results from the current harvest. If a producer is not sure adjustments are allowed to existing orders, they need to ask before placing an order.

Of course, there are those who would prefer to wait until harvest is over to make any decisions about seed for next year. This is especially true when money is tight. Thankfully, there may be deals to be had later on, as well.