The 2012 crop was generally better than many people thought it would be. Many customers thought I was crazy when I estimated their yields before harvest. When their yield monitor confirmed it, they couldn’t believe it! In some cases, the actual yield was even better than my estimates.
What the 2012 crop proved was the importance of spreading your risk by planting a minimum of three or four different hybrid numbers. Different flowering dates can help reduce yield loss due to heat during pollination. For example, in 2011 early hybrids were hurt worse in particular areas. Planting later hybrids worked well in some areas this year because dry down wasn’t a problem. Other years are the exact opposite where hybrids don’t want to dry down and the earlier products can really pay off. There are a 1,000 variables that affect your net yield. Because there are many things that play a role in the final outcome, it’s best to just diversify our seed portfolios including soybeans.