How to Search With FBN Seed Finder

Daniel Turkovich

Feb 19, 2015

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Farmers deserve an independent and unbiased source of data to help inform their seed purchases. Before buying seed, FBN members have the power to search and verify product claims with FBN Seed Finder, the Consumer Reports® for real-world seed performance on over thousands of seed varieties.

Each seed variety in FBN Seed Finder has it's own Seed Intelligence profile. This gives members the power to:
  • See how the variety actually performed in the real world across millions of acres

  • Breakout the variety's actual yields by 10 practice & environmental factors

  • See the acreage behind each result- just by mousing over the bars

  • Sort yields by rotation, soil texture, year, and state

  • Find the most cost-efficient nitrogen rates for each seed variety

The image above is an example of a Seed Intelligence profile in FBN. FBN members can switch between tabs to see how a variety performed on a variety of factors. 

Here is an example of how you can optimize a variety's seeding rate:

In this image, you can see that that this seed variety (DKC-46-20) has nearly 60,000 acres of real world performance data in Farmers Business Network. The chart shows that DKC-46-20 produces the highest yield at 34,000 to 35,200 seed/acre. 

With this countrywide information, you could choose to reduce your seeding population to increase yield and save money on your seed costs. See how one farmer saved $12/acre using FBN Seed Finder.

Want to take it a step further?

You could filter the number of acres down (by checking the boxes) to only include data from a specific year, in your state, on your soils, with a specific crop rotation practice, or using your drainage/irrigation setup. This would provide you even more precise insights on ways that you can optimize your seed decisions. 

Optimizing planting populations is just one example of how you can use FBN's network-powered analytics to increase profits. Each tab on the product profile packs powerful data on:

  • Nitrogen

  • Seeding Rate

  • Soil Temperature

  • Temperature at Planting

  • Planting Date

  • Soil Productivity Index (SPI)

  • Total Precipitation During the Growing Season

  • Harvest Moisture

  • Planting Speed

You no longer have to rely on seed company sponsored or small university plot trials to optimize your seed choices and practices.  

Daniel Turkovich

Feb 19, 2015

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