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2022 FIRST Program Guide

We are proud to bring you the 2022 Farmers' Independent Research of Seed Technologies (FIRST) variety trials program. FIRST's independent trials provide unbiased information about the yield performance of America's top corn and soybean seed brands. Please view the products tested this year, review our testing procedures, and region test plans for 2022.

2022 Products Tested Listings

Comprehensive listings of hybrids and varieties in the 2022 FIRST trials are available at the links below. Seed products are listed in a searchable, and sortable table.

Seeds that were tested in prior years each have a link to a complete per-product results report. See all product results from 2019-2021 in the Seed Product Search.

corn-iconCorn Grain corn-iconSoybeans corn-iconSilage

PDF versions of the 2022 Products Tested Directories are also available, with full contact details for each of our sponsor and participant brands:

Corn Grain PDF Soybeans PDF Corn Silage PDF

Testing Objectives and Procedures

FIRST provides a fair and objective platform under a uniform testing standard to compare seed productivity in a multitude of soil and growing conditions across 16 states. This year, over 2,000 seed products from over 70 seed companies were tested across 68 distinct growing regions. These replicated tests are conducted on over 300 farms, so that producers and ag professionals can better match seed performance with particular growing conditions. FIRST’s work relies on collaborations between cooperating farmers, sponsoring seed companies, FIRST Field Managers and publishing partners. FIRST is grateful for the opportunity to work with the agricultural community. The continuing goal of the program is to deliver of timely, unbiased comparisons of innovative seed genetics to improve yield and profitability for American farmers.

More information on testing procedures, measurements, and reporting are available at these links: Corn Grain Soybeans Corn Silage

2022 Region and Location Details

FIRST trials are arranged in regions of several contiguous counties, with 5-6 plot locations for corn grain and 4 locations for soybeans and corn silage that are representative of the area. Each seed entered in the region is tested at all locations in order to provide 18-20 small plot observations in the entire region.

FIRST encourages you to use the Region Summary Reports published after all locations are harvested to evaluate the best performances across a range of locations and environments.

Region test plans with the number of entries and maturity range are listed below.

Location Details are listed on each crop webpage. Use the navigation menu or jump to the location list and interactive maps from here:
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Corn Grain Regions
Entries per testMaturity Range per Test
StateRegionManagerAll/UEEarlyFullAll/UEEarlyFull
DE/MDDMNODelaware Maryland NorthRob Kauffman54----106 - 116----
IAIAECIowa East CentralRandy Meinsma--4854--105 - 110111 - 115
IAIANCIowa North Central
Corey Rozenboom
--7278--101 - 106107 - 111
IAIANOIowa North
Corey Rozenboom
60----95 - 100----
IAIANWIowa Northwest
Corey Rozenboom
--6672--101 - 106107 - 111
IAIASOIowa SouthRandy Meinsma--4545--106 - 111112 - 116
IAIAWCIowa West CentralRandy Meinsma--4545--105 - 110111 - 115
ILILECIllinois East CentralNathan Roux--5454--105 - 111112 - 116
ILILNOIllinois NorthJason Beyers365454101 - 106107 - 110111 - 114
ILILSOIllinois SouthKlint Tucker--4848--107 - 112113 - 117
ILILWCIllinois West CentralNathan Roux--4563--105 - 111112 - 116
ININCEIndiana CentralKlint Tucker--4848--105 - 110111 - 114
ININNOIndiana NorthMatt Turner--4040--103 - 108109 - 112
ININSOIndiana SouthKlint Tucker--3232--107 - 113114 - 120
KSKSNEKansas NortheastAdam Stuteville--3636--107 - 112113 - 117
MIMISOMichigan SouthMatt Turner--4836--97 - 103104 - 107
MIMITHMichigan ThumbMatt Turner48----93 - 103----
MNMNSEMinnesota SoutheastMark Querna30724292 - 9697 - 102103 - 107
MNMNSWMinnesota SouthwestMark Querna--7242--97 - 102103 - 107
MNMNWCMinnesota West CentralEd Dahle--4542--93 - 9899 - 102
MOMOCEMissouri CentralWilliam Schelp--3636--107 - 112113 - 117
MOMONOMissouri NorthWilliam Schelp--4040--107 - 112113 - 117
IA/IL/WINCTS
North Central Iowa, Tri-State Illinois & Wisconsin
Jason Beyers--4545--101 - 107108 - 111
NENENENebraksa Northeast
Corey Rozenboom
--4848--105 - 110111 - 115
NENESENebraksa SoutheastAdam Stuteville--4040--107 - 112113 - 117
OHOHNWOhio NorthwestMatt Turner--3236--103 - 108109 - 112
PAPACEPennsylvania CentralRob Kauffman48----102 - 112----
PAPASEPennsylvania SoutheastRob Kauffman54----105 - 115----
ND/MNRRCE
Red River Central North Dakota & Minnesota
Luke Brendemuhl0403275 - 7980 - 8586 - 90
ND/MNRRSO
Red River South North Dakota & Minnesota
Luke Brendemuhl--3640--85 - 9091 - 95
SDSDNESouth Dakota NortheastMark Tollefson--5454--91 - 9596 - 100
SDSDSESouth Dakota SoutheastMark Tollefson--6060--98 - 102103 - 108
WIWICEWisconsin CentralJason Beyers--4545--93 - 9899 - 102
WIWISOWisconsin SouthJason Beyers--4545--99 - 104105 - 109
Soybean Regions
Entries per testMaturity Range per Test
StateRegionManagerEarlyFullEarlyFull
DEDMNODelaware Maryland NorthRob Kauffman54--3.7 - 4.7--
IAIANCIowa North Central
Corey Rozenboom
36422.1 - 2.52.6 - 2.9
IAIANOIowa North
Corey Rozenboom
42421.6 - 2.02.1 - 2.5
IAIANWIowa Northwest
Corey Rozenboom
36301.9 - 2.42.5 - 2.8
IAIASCIowa South CentralRandy Meinsma36362.3 - 2.72.8 - 3.2
IAIASOIowa SouthRandy Meinsma36362.5 - 3.03.1 - 3.6
ILILNCIllinois North CentralNathan Roux63--2.8 - 3.8--
ILILNOIllinois NorthJason Beyers63--2.4 - 3.3--
ILILSCIllinois South CentralNathan Roux63--3.3 - 4.3--
ILILSOIllinois SouthKlint Tucker72--3.5 - 4.5--
ININCEIndiana CentralKlint Tucker72--2.8 - 3.8--
ININNOIndiana NorthMatt Turner72--2.4 - 3.4--
KSKSECKansas East CentralAdam Stuteville45--3.7 - 4.7--
KSKSNEKansas NortheastAdam Stuteville45--3.4 - 4.4--
MNMNCEMinnesota CentralEd Dahle60--1.3 - 2.0--
MNMNNCMinnesota North CentralEd Dahle36360.6 - 0.91.0 - 1.5
MNMNSCMinnesota South CentralMark Querna36361.5 - 1.81.9 - 2.2
MNMNSOMinnesota SouthMark Querna36361.6 - 1.92.0 - 2.3
MNMNSOCVMinnesota South Conventional SpecialtyMark Querna24--1.4 - 2.3--
MOMOCEMissouri CentralWilliam Schelp36363.4 - 3.94.0 - 4.5
MOMONOMissouri NorthWilliam Schelp36363.2 - 3.73.8 - 4.3
IA/ILNCSLNorth Central State LineJason Beyers54--2.1 - 2.9--
NENENENebraksa Northeast
Corey Rozenboom
60--2.4 - 3.3--
NENESENebraksa SoutheastAdam Stuteville45--3.1 - 4.0--
OHOHNWOhio NorthwestMatt Turner48--2.4 - 3.4--
PAPASEPennsylvania SoutheastRob Kauffman54--2.8 - 3.8--
ND/MNRRCERed River Central North Dakota & MinnesotaLuke Brendemuhl63--0.2 - 0.9--
ND/MNRRNORed River North North Dakota & MinnesotaLuke Brendemuhl54--0.7 - 0.4--
ND/MNRRSORed River South North Dakota & MinnesotaLuke Brendemuhl72--0.6 - 1.4--
SDSDECSouth Dakota East CentralMark Tollefson81--1.6 - 2.3--
SDSDNESouth Dakota NortheastMark Tollefson75--1.0 - 1.7--
SDSDSESouth Dakota SoutheastMark Tollefson72--2.1 - 2.8--
WIWISOWisconsin SouthJason Beyers45--1.8 - 2.5--
Silage Corn Regions
Entries per test
Maturity Range per Test
StateRegionManagerAllAll
PAPACEPennsylvania CentralRob Kauffman36105 - 116
PAPASE
Pennsylvania Southeast
Rob Kauffman36113 - 119