Corn vs. Soybeans Calculator

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2 Review and Customize Your 2021 Crop Expectations

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3 Your Estimated Profit Potential in 2021

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Rotate or not?
Get the whole story.

When it comes to those fields in play, your decision to choose corn or soybeans is based on key factors — rotation ROI being just one. Agronomy and marketing also weigh in, so we've asked our Pioneer Agronomy colleagues and leading ag marketing experts to share important considerations.

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The Agronomic Factors You Need
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Get the latest from Pioneer Agronomy Manager Matt Essick on critical agronomic and infrastructure considerations in the corn vs. soybean debate.

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Soybean Rallies and 2021 Crop Planning:
Advice from a Marketing Expert

Dig into corn and soybean outlooks heading into 2021 with South Dakota Grain Merchandiser Cullen Wilson.

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Our Methodology

Our crop rotation ROI calculator is based on more than 10 million acres, combined with the latest research compiled by Granular Data Scientists. We account for the expected yield penalty for repeat crops (based on your state) as well as the anticipated cost increase for the suggested mitigation strategies. Budget costs are calculated using numbers provided by your local state university, and the crop price is market closing cost (updated daily via Barchart™.)

*Other considerations we took into account:

A second-year corn crop typically requires:

Additional nitrogen inputs estimated at $19/per acre

Pesticide application estimated at $24/acre

Slightly more labor input (for pesticide applications, scouting, and more intensive tillage than conventional corn on soybeans crop) estimated at $4/acre

Continuous crops typically mean a yield reduction of as much as 4% for corn and 10% for soybeans (although the corn on corn reduction can generally be offset by increasing N)

Although not included in the calculation, many fungal infections can survive the winter in soybean residue and thus a second-year soybean crop may require seed treatment or in-season fungicide application

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