Too much or too little rain affected Farmers’ Independent Research of Seed Technologies (FIRST) field test plots across the Midwest.
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AgUpdate | FIRST field tests show resilient soybeans
While weather factors were vastly different across Midwest fields, one common theme for 2021 persisted: Yield results were often better than expected.
AgUpdate — FIRST results for northern Red River Valley available online
The wet conditions last fall drug out harvest and made it somewhat difficult to find locations for the 2020 FIRST plots, according to Luke Brendemuhl, manager of the Red River Valley Northland FIRST region. But thanks to completely different conditions this fall allowing harvesting operations to be completed, all of the FIRST (Farmers Independent Research of Seed Technologies) plot information is now available on the website for the region.
AgUpdate - FIRST corn shows consistent yields outside extreme weather zones
Although there were challenges on Midwest farms in 2020, the corn crop stood tall for many farmers this harvest season, allowing for a good range of data in yield tests.
AgUpdate - FIRST soybean plots withstand dry conditions
But despite strong winds and drought in many portions of the Midwest, this year’s Farmers’ Independent Research of Seed Technologies (FIRST) 2020 field tests found the right spots and had a successful testing season.
MN Farm Guide - FIRST Independent 2020 soybean/corn trial results are in
Southern Minnesota was a big winner in the 2020 FIRST (Farmer’s Independent Research of Seed Technologies) yield comparison plots. Many tests revealed record breaking yields in individual plots, and the region also produced top yields that were similar to those across the U.S.