Author

Jim Dove

Jim Dove is a Regional Agronomist for Seed at FBN. He covers central Minnesota, most of South Dakota, and northwest Wisconsin. Jim has 5 years of retail agronomy experience and 3 years experience of being the agronomy manager for a 25,000 acre family farm.

He grew up on a farm in west central MN and has a bachelors degree in business management. In his spare time, he enjoys walking fields and providing drone footage for growers to help them get a new viewpoint of their fields.


Oct 06, 2022

by Jim Dove

Selection of soybean seed is one of the earliest and most important decisions soybean growers will make for the upcoming crop year. Knowing what challenges and opportunities lie ahead will make variety selection easier when making an online seed purchase from FBN Direct®. Turn a complicated decision into an exciting opportunity by remembering the four considerations below.  1. Take Advantage of Unique Crop Marketing Opportunities Depending on where you operate, you may have access to certain marketing opportunities that aren’t available to everyone. In the soybean world, this would include non-GMO soybeans.  There are certain markets that may allow you to take advantage of substantial premiums. FBN® offers Virtue™ Non-GMO soybeans for farmers looking to take advantage of margin opportunities in these markets.  [ Shop Virtue Non-GMO soybeans ]    2. Proactively Address Field and Soil Challenges Every field is unique, offering its own specific benefits and challenges during the growing season. Set your operation up for success next year by thoughtfully selecting seed that aligns with your specific soil types and environmental conditions. Investing in seed genetics well-suited for your fields may help you achieve higher yields and lower input costs to improve your long-term ROI.   Seed tech sheets offer helpful guidance regarding specific seeds’ performance in various categories, including disease pressure resistance, emergence, relative height, and color. FBN provides tech sheets for all seeds available for purchase on FBN Direct . You can access these tech sheets by visiting the product page for each seed type.  For example, you can view the tech sheet for the PL2E061 brand of treated Paloma™ Enlist E3® Soybean seed by visiting the seed product page and clicking on the “Product Tech Sheet” hyperlink below the seed name.   3. Make Informed Decisions Without Missing Discounts Rather than rushing into a decision, it’s important to weigh your options to position yourself for a successful growing season. By putting an exclusive emphasis on high yielding seed, you may hit your target yield… or you may need to overcompensate on seed and chemical expenses, negating your profit.  The new FBN Flex Pick program empowers you to take advantage of early discounts without having to decide on a specific hybrid or variety until November 30, when you have more time to review performance and placement details. Without upfront commitment to a specific product, you get more time to decide on the right seed for your operation and consult with the FBN team to find the perfect product fit.  [ Learn More About Paloma™ Enlist E3® Soybean Flex Pick ] [ Learn More About Virtue Non-GMO Soybean Flex Pick ] 4. Plan Ahead on Weed Control  Take advantage of all the tools in your toolbox throughout the season by planning ahead on weed control strategies during your seed selection process. By selecting seed with certain crop protection tolerances, like Paloma™ Enlist E3® Soybean seed , which offers Glufosinate , Glyphosate and Enlist One® tolerances, you can rest assured that your future chemical applications will be positioned to address weed pressures without endangering your crop.  Note that federal and state EPAs regulate how and when certain chemicals can be applied. It is crucial to follow the label, as the label is the law.    [Explore FBN Crop Protection Products]  There’s a Better Way to Buy Seed At Farmers Business Network®, we’re committed to putting Farmers First® and powering the prosperity of family farmers. With the right tools in your hands, along with seed price and performance data contributed by thousands of farmers, you don’t have to keep buying seed the same way.  Visit FBN Direct to check out the soybean and other seed varieties available to buy now and have delivered directly to your farm within the delivery window you select.  Copyright © 2014 - 2022 Farmer's Business Network, Inc. All rights Reserved. The sprout logo,  “Farmers Business Network”, “FBN” and “FBN Direct” are servicemarks, trademarks or registered trademarks of Farmer's Business Network, Inc. Paloma Seed™ products are sold by FBN Direct as a distributor for Warner Seeds™.  PALOMA IS A TRADEMARK OF M.S. TECHNOLOGIES, L.L.C., WEST POINT, IA. “Enlist E3” is a registered  trademark of Dow AgroSciences LLC or its affiliates.  “Virtue” is a trademark of GDM Seeds, Inc.. “Enlist One” is a registered trademark of Corteva Agriscience and its affiliated companies.  All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.  Product Use Statement: Enlist E3® soybeans contain the Enlist E3 trait that provides crop safety for use of labeled over-the-top applications of glyphosate, glufosinate and 2,4-D herbicides featuring Colex-D® technology when applied according to label directions. Following burndown, the only 2,4-D containing herbicide products that may be used with Enlist™ crops are products that feature Colex-D technology and are expressly labeled for use on enlist crops. 2,4-D products that do not contain Colex-D technology are not authorized for use in conjunction with Enlist E3 soybeans. Warning: Enlist E3 soybeans are tolerant of over-the top applications of glyphosate, glufosinate, and 2,4-D. Accidental application of incompatible herbicides to this variety could result in total crop loss. When using 2,4-D herbicides, grower agrees to only use 2,4-D products that contain Colex-D technology authorized for use in conjunction with Enlist E3 soybeans. Always read and follow herbicide label directions prior to use. YOU MUST SIGN A TECHNOLOGY AGREEMENT, READ THE PRODUCT USE GUIDE PRIOR TO PLANTING AND FOLLOW HERBICIDE RESISTANCE MANAGEMENT (HRM) REQUIREMENTS. The transgenic event in the Enlist E3® soybean is protected under Corteva Agriscience and M.S. Technologies, L.L.C. Patent Rights which can be found at: www.corteva.us/Resources/trait-stewardship.html. The transgenic event in the Enlist E3® soybean event in Enlist E3® soybeans is jointly developed and owned by Dow AgroSciences LLC and M.S. 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