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Seed Selection & Availability Could be Challenging for 2013 Crop

Grain sorghum made a big splash in the Carolinas in 2012, and there would have been more acres if seed had been available. Dennis McCoy, product agronomist with Dupont Pioneer Hi-bred in North and South Carolina says you might not get your first choice when it comes to sorghum in particular, but there will be seed:

“There is a big interest in grain sorghum acres again this year. A lot of that is due to the large wheat acres that we have planted and the potential to double crop sorghum. We are looking at a big demand on seed. Even though seed production was good, there is still a very tight supply. Some companies are sold out, some are on a request only basis, and the dealer network is receiving their seed supply. But its questionable if they will get as much as they requested. I would suggest that anyone interested in sorghum go and talk to their dealer and put their name on the list to get a hybrid, but they may not get the hybrid they want.

For corn, because of the drought in the Midwest, where the majority of the corn seed production is located, there are some hybrids that are in shorter supply than others, but overall there will be enough seed to plant the corn crop this year. You may not get your choice hybrid, but you will be able to get seed. 

The wheat crop really looks good, overall we do have a good stand. There was some late planted wheat that might need some more attention, maybe an earlier nitrogen application. This cold spell that we are getting will be beneficial to help harden it up and slow the growth down. Should be a good wheat crop overall.”

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Product agronomist for Dupont Pioneer Hi-bred Dennis McCoy.


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Product agronomist for Dupont Pioneer Hi-bred Dennis McCoy. is dedicated to serving the agricultural industry in the Carolinas and Virginia with the latest ag news, exclusive regional weather station readings, and key crop market information. The website is a companion of the Southern Farm Network, provider of daily agricultural radio programming to the Carolinas since 1974. presents radio programs, interviews and news relevant to crop and livestock production and research throughout the mid-Atlantic agricultural community.