Yield Trials

We provide 2 & 4 row yield trial plots in 20’ or 40’ plot lengths. Our yield trials are located in a wide range of maturity zones and allow seed companies to test pre-commercial hybrids in a variety of environmental conditions and soil types.

  • Trial design
  • Seed counting and packaging
  • GPS coordinates on a per plot basis
  • Soil sampling
  • Drone imagery
  • Monthly field reports
In-season notes such as:
  • Stand counts
  • Emergence
  • Vigor
  • Flowering dates
  • Plant and ear heights
  • Stalk lodging
  • Root lodging
  • Dropped ears

We offer:


"Dakota Ag Research has bountiful experience in running experimental yield trials in the corners of MN, SD, and IA. For several years, under variable environmental conditions, the team has delivered quality yield trials for Lidea. Dakota Ag Research demonstrates their experience and flexibility when it comes to highlighting superior locations for yield trials, organizing timely seed shipments, sowing on time in agronomically comparable conditions, and delivering timely harvest data."

Mike White

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Maize Breeding Lead 


Breeding Nursery

Our irrigated corn breeding nursery located near Brandon, South Dakota, offers a variety of services tailored to meet your needs.

  • Counting & packaging
  • Selfing blocks
  • Hand crossing blocks
  • Observation blocks
  • Isolated crossing blocks
  • Leaf samples
  • Flowering & plant characterization notes
  • Herbicide sensitivity screenings
  • Hand harvesting in bulk or making selections
  • Drying
  • Shelling

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“I’ve walked a lot of Travis and Tate's plot locations in the past 10 years when they were with CRD, then FBN, and now on their own. They have always been great! I can’t say that I have any complaints. I have never had a problem navigating through the plot to get to my blocks. It is clear they take great care in setting these plots up, planting, reporting, and harvesting. The data quality has always been on point and timely. I also greatly appreciate their communication regarding plot conditions and harvest timing. Tate and Travis just plain do a great job.”

Jake Hanson

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Product Manager/Agronomist

Albert Lea Seed

Custom Services

If you need assistance in providing your clients with quality data in a timely fashion, we’re glad to help. We’ll treat your plots with the same care as our own!

Our well-maintained demonstration plots are a great way to showcase your products.

Need notes taken in the nursery or yield trials that are not listed in our regular services? Send us your protocol and we will gladly consider collecting what you need.

  • Ag+: RGB + NDVI Multispectral Imagery
  • Analytics: Zoom RGB + NDVI Multispectral Imagery
  • Multispectral: 5-band Multispectral Mapping

Planting & Harvesting

Demonstration Plots

In-Season Notes

Drone Flights

"Finding yield trial plots around the country that provide high quality data can be a challenge. The team at Dakota Ag Research always does an excellent job from planting through harvest and provides excellent quality data from all of their yield trial locations. We will be using them for many years to come."

Caleb Crabtree

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