Well it is that time of year again. The season is starting and if you are like me, you are going through the numbers, reading the magazines, reviewing past performance and figuring out win/loss percentages. Yes that’s right! It’s time to pick the hockey pool. What we forget is that while the hockey pool could win you bragging rights and enough money to buy a lunch, proper variety selection is something that could mean the difference between profit and loss next season.
In recent years, to take advantage of early discounts and to get the right hybrid, placing that order has to happen sooner rather then later. So what do you do if you don’t have all your yield data, the government trials aren’t out and all you have is a sales rep’s advice or a flashy ad in the local farm paper?