Yield is usually the number one priority when planting a hybrid, but keep in mind hybrids depositing a larger percentage of sugars and starches into grain have fewer nutrients available for rind and pith development. Likewise, hybrids with large stalks and thick rinds have fewer sugars and starches available for high grain yields. So try to keep plants out of high disease environments, such as continuous corn-on-corn, and watch hybrids that have good staygreen to help with the standability issues. Also, keep fertility levels high enough so that the plant doesn’t run out of nutrients and die prematurely.
Select for the characteristics that best fit your farming operation, not what your neighbors are doing. Sometimes you may need to give up your yield for standability or vice versa. Take a close look at traits available. Corn borer trait corn usually helps with disease and insect standability issues. Roundup trait corn can help reduce the stress that is placed on young corn plants under cool, wet growing conditions by not placing herbicide stress on them. Rootworm technology helps keep insects from feeding on roots, thus limiting their ability to take up nutrients and water.