Buying Corn Seed Becoming Expensive, Complicated Process

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

Buying a bag of corn seed once was a relatively simple chore, but my how times have changed.

“Now, it’s full genetic traits, it has different seed treatments on it, and it’s becoming more and more complicated. In fact, I would say buying seed corn is more complicated than almost any other crop we deal with, including cotton,” said Dave Buntin, University of Georgia entomologist, speaking at the recent Georgia Corn Short Course held in Tifton.

The traits in cotton seed are relatively simple compared to those in corn, he says, because they’re concerned only with caterpillars and herbicides.

Corn seed also is becoming more expensive, adds Buntin, causing growers to ask if they’re getting value for the extra cost.

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