Monitoring Drought Through the Winter by Louis Sutton, AgVenture Product Team

AgVenture continues to monitor agronomic conditions and trends over these winter months. USDA/NOAA’s drought monitor shows that soils across a significant section of the country’s growing region continue to suffer from depleted moisture supplies. Additionally, NOAA predicts that between now and late February, drought conditions will persist or continue to intensify over a major portion of the country.

In planning for 2013’s crop, AgVenture’s Louis Sutton encourages growers to look at long-term data to select hybrids. “Don’t just use 2012 as your sole rationale for selecting 2013’s hybrids. Rather, consider root ratings, drought scores, heat scores and stalk strength ratings.” He added, “Our customers need to know that we have good supplies of corn hybrids developed, tested and specifically selected to withstand drought pressures in your area. Talk with your AgVenture Regional Seed Company about AQUAmax™ hybrids and about our many other hybrids that have significant and localized drought-fighting performance.”

The U.S. Drought Monitor is produced in partnership between the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the United States Department of Agriculture, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.