Read more about the FIRST program in these stories. There are 71 articles for FIRST IN THE NEWS.

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DTNPF | DTN, FIRST Partner in Field Data

DTN/Progressive Farmer and Farmers' Independent Research of Seed Technologies (FIRST) have teamed up to offer an in-field view of crop development around the Corn Belt. This project aims to produce time-lapse video of corn growth progress in FIRST plots in eight locations within five states.

July 7, 2023

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SSGA | FIRST in its class: SSGA uses third-party field trials for assurance

When farmers plant – and end users buy – soybeans, they don’t want a mystery. They want to know exactly what they’re going to get. That’s where Farmers’ Independent Research of Seed Technologies (FIRST) comes in.

June 5, 2023

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AgUpdate | Healthy corn crop limited by drought in some locations

While drought headlined the season in many Midwestern areas, that meant disease wasn’t nearly as prevalent around the region. When examining the Farmers’ Independent Research of Seed Technologies (FIRST) corn yield results in 2022, field managers said this was one of the better years they’ve seen in quite a while in terms of management and disease impact.

November 24, 2022

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AgUpdate | Soybeans endure for good yields in 2022

Weather varied across the Midwest this year, and that was the theme for most soybean yields — variability. It wasn’t uncommon to hear stories of vastly different yields from fields only miles apart, and the same was true in this year’s Farmers’ Independent Research of Seed Technologies (FIRST) yield results.

November 17, 2022

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DTN Progressive Farmer | FIRST Test Plot Hosts Sought for 2023

FIRST Test Plots Give Up-Close Look at How Latest Seed Offerings Perform on Your Farm

November 4, 2022

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MN Farm Guide | FIRST managers report on 2022 field conditions before harvest

After a slow start to the 2022 planting season, Farmers Independent Research of Seed Technologies (FIRST) managers and farmer-members in Minnesota hope that frost holds off until October.

September 23, 2022

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Lancaster Farming | Like the Rain, Silage Season Off to a Sporadic Start

“It certainly is a weird year,” said Rob Kauffman, field manager for Farmers’ Independent Research of Seed Technologies. “I’ve had people tell me the plant moisture is running around 60%, but the grain is barely at milk line. There will be a lot of last- minute decisions on when to start chopping.”

September 22, 2022

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Farm World | F.I.R.S.T field managers recorded record yields for corn and soybeans

In their 25th year of conducting corn and soybean seed hybrid trials in farmers’ test plots, F.I.R.S.T. (Farmers’ Independent Research of Seed Technologies) field managers recorded record corn and soybean yields in 2021.

January 20, 2022

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Seed Today | FIRST Adds Weather Info in 25th Year of Seed Trials

New in the 2021 Top 30 Harvest Reports, FIRST provides the location weather profile, including precipitation, temperatures, and GDUs compared to 10-year averages and estimated pollination and maturity dates for corn.

December 21, 2021

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MN Farm Guide | FIRST southern and central MN trials test drought resilience

The 2021 FIRST – Farmers’ Independent Research of Seed Technologies – tests are complete and show how seed products performed in dry or drought conditions.

December 20, 2021

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