Pioneer Hi-Bred: determining seeding rates

Pioneer’s planting rate calculator, a tool used by Pioneer sales professionals, offers growers the ability to further customize planting and seed options to meet the needs of their individual farming operations.

Experts at Pioneer Hi-Bred, a DuPont business, say the planting rate calculator factors in grain and seed prices and yield environment to determine seeding rate for maximum economic yield.

“The planting rate calculator is a tool that allows growers to examine all aspects of their input costs,” says Steve Paszkiewicz, Pioneer senior research scientist. “With this type of tool, growers can factor in their potential return based on seed costs relative to yield potential. This number gives growers a more complete cost analysis — information that becomes even more crucial during times of uncertain grain markets.”

Pioneer studies to determine economic seeding rate and plant populations for each Pioneer brand hybrid have been ongoing for more than 20 years. The primary goal of these studies is to determine the optimum plant population of each hybrid to maximize harvestable grain yield.

“This extensive data set was used in creating the planting rate calculator,” says Jeremy Groeteke, Pioneer agronomy research manager. “Within the tool there are multiple facets a grower can enter — including yield environment, seed cost and grain marketing price.”

Once the information is entered, a Pioneer sales professional can provide a customized analysis of the optimum planting rate based on each hybrid and field entered.

“The calculator uses the data the grower enters — hybrid choice, field agronomics, grain price and price of seed,” says Groeteke. “Then, with a click of a button, five seeding rates are listed with corresponding net incomes per acre for each. The system also provides a sixth option which is highlighted to show the grower the recommended optimum choice for planting rate and return. This allows the grower to view a complete list of seeding rate options based on agronomic and economic factors with anticipated returns for each.

“Each grower’s situation is unique,” Groeteke adds. “No two comparisons of seeding rates are the same. Each grower has a different marketing strategy for his or her grain, as well as unique field situations and hybrid selections. This tool really defines what is best for each individual’s operation.”

Growers looking for additional information on hybrid selection and the planting rate calculator should contact their local seed sales professional.

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