Hybrid Selection

Selecting a Hybrid

It is important to begin thinking about hybrid choices during the early winter months and book your seed early. To assist in your decision of the hybrid that best fits your operation, university and company data is available. Planting more than one hybrid should be considered to help spread risk.

When selecting a hybrid, there are several things to consider. The length of hybrid maturity is key because the longer the maturity typically the higher the yield potential. Factors to evaluate in terms of hybrid maturity include length of growing season in relationship to desired planting date as well as yield potential based on soil quality, water availability both irrigation and rainfall. If a given environment will not support high yield potential, then a shorter maturing hybrid is often more appropriate.

Other items to assess include the adaptability of the hybrid to the region, yield potential of the hybrid given its maturity and its standability. A hybrid's head exertion is also important, as it will help with harvestability. Evaluating a hybrid's drought tolerance is essential if it will be grown under dryland or limited irrigation. Insect and disease resistance are also key items to consider when selecting a hybrid that is the best choice for your farm. When considering which hybrids to plant, when at all possible, examine data over multiple years.

 

2017 Sugarcane Aphid Tolerant Hybrids

The table below lists those sorghum hybrids that have been identified over the last two years that have tolerance to sugarcane aphid based on university and other independent trials.   All of the hybrids listed are being marketed by their respective seed companies as sugarcane aphid tolerant.   This is not a complete list and companies may be promoting additional hybrids as sugarcane aphid tolerant.  Only those hybrids that have been identified as tolerant by a third party have been included here. 

Research has shown that sugarcane aphid reproduce slower on tolerant hybrids and in some cases are able to withstand a higher sugarcane aphid population without a reduction in yield compared to susceptible hybrids.   Tolerant hybrids have been shown to delay when sugarcane aphids may reach the economic threshold.  Growers, however, should scout and apply and insecticide to tolerant hybrids if and when the economic threshold is reached.  In some cases multiple applications of insecticide may be necessary.

 

Company

Hybrid

Maturity

Alta Seeds

AG1201

Early

Alta Seeds

AG1203

Med-Early

Alta Seeds

AG1301

Med-Early

B-H Genetics

4100

Medium

B-H Genetics

3616

Early

Dekalb

DKS 37-07

Med-Early

Dekalb

DKS 48-07

Medium

Dekalb

Pulsar

Med-Early

Dyna-Gro Seed

DG742c

Med-Early

Dyna-Gro Seed

M60GB31

Med-Early

Dyna-Gro Seed

M60GB88

Med-Early

Dyna-Gro Seed

M73GR55

Med-Full

Dyna-Gro Seed

M74GB17

Med-Full

Frontier Hybrids

F279

Early

Frontier Hybrids

F305

Med-Early

Golden Acres

3960B

Medium

Golden Acres

H-390W

Med-Early

Heartland Genetics

HG35W

Med-Early

NuTech Seed

GS 636

Med-Early

Pioneer

83P17

Med-Full

Pioneer

83P56

Med-Full

Pioneer

83P73

Med-Full

Pioneer

83G19

Med-Full

Pioneer

86P20

Med-Early

Pogue

PA225

Med-Full

Richardson Seeds

RS260E

Med-Full

Richardson Seeds

Sprint W FG

Med-Early

Sorghum Partners

SP 73B12

Med-Full

Sorghum Partners

SP7715

Med-Full

Sorghum Partners

SP 78M30

Med-Full

Warner Seeds

W-7051

Med-Full

Warner Seeds

W-844-E

Med-Full

Updated March 21, 2017

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State Sorghum Hybrid Yield Trials