Successful crop production begins with variety and hybrid selection. Whether selecting a corn hybrid for grain or silage, a soybean variety or small grains cultivar, choose hybrids and varieties that consistently perform well over a wide range of soil and weather conditions. Yield stability is critical for minimizing risk, since growing conditions can’t be predicted ahead of time. Therefore, the averages across multiple environments, whether they are different years and/or locations, provide a more reliable estimate of future performance and are more predictive of what you may expect from the variety the next growing season.
Use several sources to compare varieties, including the U of M Variety Trials, other universities’ information, grower associations and reputable seed dealers. When using data from other sources make sure that data presented came from replicated trials and that a means comparison is included. For more information on hybrid/variety selection, visit the following University of Minnesota Extension websites: