On Farm Research

March 9, 2016
Author Ryan Siefken

Have you ever wished you had more information before making a decision impacting all of your acres?  A growing number of farmers are using their own fields and equipment to run experiments aimed at answering their own questions.  The tools that are making this possible can be the same ones that farmers are already using in the operations  – GPS and yield monitors.  Several state university extension programs are dedicated to helping farmers develop their own well thought-out, statistically valid experiments.  Examples that I’ve seen include fertilizer rates, planting populations, row spacing, cover crops, and many new products and technologies.  The information has been valuable.

If you are interested in doing your own on-farm research, there are people who can help.  Here at Hoegemeyer, Agronomist Craig Langemeier, Product Managers Ryan Spurgeon and Ryan Siefken, and Precision Ag Lead Jeremy Horvatich can help you design experiments related to our hybrids, varieties, and seed treatments.  Here are also some links to some university websites dedicated to on-farm research:

UNL: http://cropwatch.unl.edu/nofrnzmag
KSU: https://webapp.agron.ksu.edu/agr_social/eu_article.throck?article_id=162

Categories: Corn, Ryan Siefken, Soybeans, Test Plots     Comments: 0     Tags: Hoegemeyer Agronomy Team, Hoegemeyer Hybrids, Hoegemeyer Research, On Farm Research, Ryan Siefken    

The Results Are In...

December 14, 2015
Author Jeremy Horvatich

The 2015 season was another successful test plot season for Hoegemeyer Hybrids. We conducted many of our own test plots, as well as participated in several test plots managed by third-party researchers. Overall, we saw very good yield numbers this fall.

When conducting our own research, we test the current line-up of varieties as well as new hybrids being offered in 2016 and ones that are coming down the pipeline. We test each hybrid at five different populations - 18, 26, 34, 42 and 50 thousand plants per acre.  We set them up in four row plots that are 20 feet long.  There are three replications per hybrid, per population and we harvest the middle two rows.  We also plant one rep of mini strips (40 foot plots) at each location, these plots would include products in our current line-up plus experimental and competitor hybrids.  Hoegemeyer’s corn test plot locations this year included: Hooper, NE; Lawrence, NE; Menno, SD and York, NE.

Results show that Hoegemeyer provides products that can compete with and outperform many competitors. For full yield plot results, visit our yield data page. Below are a few results that are noteworthy:

  • In Pleasanton, NE, we saw two hybrids hit over 300 bushels per acre. These included HPT Brand products, 7606 AM & 8294 AM.
  • In Iowa, we saw higher than expected yields and won in multiple yield performance test plots managed by a third-party.

New varieties available for 2016 performed very well against multiple competitor varieties in multiple locations. These varieties included 8049, 7606, 7607 and 7900.

  • In Iowa, HPT Brand 8049 AMX outperformed Dekalb varieties by 18.87 bushels.
  • In Nebraska, HPT Brand 7900 AM beat competitors by 15.15 bushels.
  • In Kansas, HPT Brand 8239 AM beat competitors by 7.06 bushels.

When considering what seed varieties you should purchase for the next season, remember that sample size is your friend. Try to look at the past few years of data rather than just results from last season. What was the average rainfall? What kind of weed and insect pressure did you experience? Don’t get caught up in making decisions based on the latest season’s conditions since they vary year-to-year. After reviewing the last three to five years and establishing average conditions, remember to plant a spread of different hybrids and maturities to help spread out your risk.

At Hoegemeyer, we are proud of the in-house agronomy research that we are able to provide to farmers to help educate their farming decisions. If you have questions about this research or which varieties will fit your acres, contact your Hoegemeyer representative.

Categories: Corn, Test Plots     Comments: 0     Tags: 2015 growing season, 2015 harvest, harvest, Jeremy Horvatich, Yield Results    

Hoegemeyer Research in 2014

April 16, 2014
Author Jeremy Horvatich

It’s nearing time for the 2014 planting season and the Hoegemeyer Agronomy Research team has the following research topics lined up:

  • Corn population trials along with 40ft mini strips
  • Six replicated soybean locations
  • Replicated high pH plots
  • Corn rootworm trap
  • LibertyLink soybean observation
  • Additional testing with 3rd party cooperators and Universities

Our 2014 corn research locations include: Hooper, NE (irrigated & dryland); Lawrence, NE; Marcus, IA, Maryville, MO; Menno, SD; North Platte, NE and York, NE. 

Our 2014 soybean locations will consist of two Reps, 40ft plot lengths.  Our 2014 soybean research  locations include:  Cortland, NE; Hartington, NE; Hooper, NE (irrigated & dryland); Marcus, IA; and Menno, SD.


We are excited to continue our extensive work on corn population studies.  We test our current line-up along with new experimental hybrids coming down the pipeline.  At each location we plant four rows, 20 ft plots at four populations (20K, 28K, 36K, 44K) and we replicate this process three times.  We will take stand counts and harvest the middle two rows come harvest time.  This provides us information to help understand how these hybrids perform at different yield environments.

Each location will then be categorized into one of four different Yield Environments:

  • Very High equals  >240 Bu/A
  • High equals 180-240 Bu/A
  • Medium equals 120-180 Bu/A
  • Low equals <120 Bu/A

As a result, we create these population charts below for each hybrid in our line-up to help educate farmers about the ideal population for their yield environment. If you are interested in learning more recommended population for the hybrids you plant, contact your local Hoegemeyer DSM or Agronomist.

At Hoegemeyer, we are proud of the in-house agronomy research that we are able to provide to farmers to help educate their farming decisions.  It’s just one more step in offering top-quality products coupled with expert advice that provide you that Western Corn Belt Performance you deserve on your acres.

Categories: Corn, Planting, Soybeans, Test Plots     Comments: 0     Tags: Corn Population Study, Corn Research, Hoegemeyer Agronomy Team, Jeremy Horvatich, Soybean Research    

Test Plot Evaluations

October 11, 2010
Author Ryan Spurgeon

The following are some points to consider during corn test plot evaluations…………

1) Field variability alone can easily cause yield differences of 10 to 30 bushels per acre.  A hybrids location at one end of a strip plot vs. the other can sometimes aide in significant yield variability. 

2) Be careful with test plots consisting predominately of one company's hybrids. The odds are stacked in their favor.

3) Don't put much stock in results from one location and one year, even if the trial is well run and reliable.  Pay more attention to how well a hybrid does as an average across several locations in your maturity zone.

4) Don't overemphasize results from one type of trial. Use data and observations from university trials, local demonstration plots, and then your own on-farm trials to look for consistent trends.

5) Don’t assume all trait versions of a hybrid are exactly the same or that the more trait stacked version is superior.  Adding another trait to a hybrid doesn’t always add bushels.  Traits can and do often protect a hybrids yield potential but genetics are what drive yield.

………. Ask your Hoegemeyer DSM or Agronomist for head to head yield data on the hybrids or varieties you are interested in!

Ryan Spurgeon / Hoegemeyer Agronomy

Categories: Test Plots     Comments: 0     Tags: Genetics, Head-to-Head, Multiple Locations, Test Plots, Yield