With all this, I’m not saying that Hefty Complete will give you more yield gain than when you compare the very best versus the very worst soybean variety in every plot, as that difference is often 20 bushels. What I am saying, is you can’t guarantee any yield increase by switching varieties before the season. Even the best seed people in our industry have no idea which variety will be the top-yielder on your farm. On the other hand, we know that a great seed treatment pays.
The cost of Hefty Complete is just over one bushel of soybeans. By the time you add up the yield gain, free insect resprays, free replants, and free seed treatment on replants, on average you should gain far, far more than that.
If nothing else, please compare our seed treatment vs. an untreated acre planted the same day side-by-side. Here’s what you should see.
1. FASTER EMERGENCE. If you can be out there the day the treated beans pop out of the ground, you will almost certainly see the treated seed emerging hours, if not days sooner than the untreated beans.
2. MORE CONSISTENT STANDS. Within a few days after emergence, please do stand counts. Most of the time we find thicker stands where Hefty Complete has been used.
3. CHECK YIELD VERY CLOSELY. I mentioned that the cost of Hefty Complete is about one bushel of soybeans. Do you see one-bushel yield differences show up on your yield monitor? How about four bushels? Of course not. It usually takes 8, 10, or 12-bushel yield differences to even register on your yield monitor. Our request, if you aren’t a believer in seed treatments, is to weigh each pass because we are extremely confident that on average, you’ll get more than one bushel of soybeans back each fall.
I realize this article probably seems like a sales pitch to you, but our goal is always to bring you products at a good price that deliver a great value and an excellent chance for a positive return on investment. If you aren’t currently using our seed treatment or our beans, I would challenge you to put five of our varieties treated with Hefty Complete versus five competitive varieties with the competitor’s standard seed treatment. I would be shocked if our average yield isn’t at least a bushel or two more than the competitor’s.
AND SINCE OUR PRICING IS LIKELY THE SAME OR LESS, THAT MEANS MORE MONEY IN YOUR POCKET.
For more information on Hefty Complete, as well as Hefty and Zinesto Brand Soybeans,
CONTACT YOUR LOCAL HEFTY AGRONOMIST.