Growing Knowledge

Read the latest insights from our experts as they cover agronomy issues that matter most to you and your operation.

Digging into Compaction

Joel and Kyle
Hosts, WinField United
This episode of The Deal With Yield® looks at fall soil prep. Listen for Kyle and Joel’s two cents about fall nitrogen applications and correcting compaction issues. Plus, Kyle gives an important lesson on what turkey has to do with soil temperature.
Season 10 – Episode 4: Digging into Compaction

The Deal With Yield® is a podcast series covering the issues that matter most in crop production.

Start Shaping Your 2018 (Plant) Growth Strategy

Jonathan Zuk
Regional Agronomist
Historically, fall has provided a great opportunity to make fertility decisions, such as how much phosphorus, potassium and other crop nutrients you’ll need for next season. At this time of year, you’re probably also reviewing Answer Plot® data on hybrid response to nitrogen, response to population, response to fungicide, and response to soil type scores and using it to help inform your seed purchasing decisions.
Don’t forget to include a plant growth regulator (PGR) as an important component of your early-season fertility strategy to get your crops off to a quick, strong start.
A value-add throughout the season
We know plant health is affected dramatically by root growth and stalk strength and that PGRs optimize those factors. An in-furrow application of a PGR can help get your plants out of the ground fast. Keep in mind that quick emergence, especially for corn plants, helps ensure they come up at the same time, which enables them to compete equally and gives you more consistent yield potential across the field.
PGRs are naturally produced within each corn or soybean crop. WinField United formulates products that work with these natural cycles within the crop to make plants more efficient, to take up nutrients more effectively and to optimize yield potential.
For example, Ascend® SL PGR contains a combination of three EPA-registered PGRs designed to promote vigorous early plant germination and emergence, a robust root system, larger leaves, and wider stems.
Optify®/Stretch PGR is an EPA-registered broad-spectrum PGR for use in corn and other crops that helps optimize stress tolerance, early-season vigor, and water and nutrient uptake.
Data indicates the value of applying a PGR. For example, corn trial data shows that at 295 Answer Plot® sites with 2,138 replications over a five-year period, an additional 4.94 bushels per acre was produced by using Ascend® PGR in-furrow along with 10-34-0 and Ultra-Che® Zinc 9% EDTA.* 
Talk with your WinField United agronomist about how you can create an effective fertility strategy for 2018 using a PGR to help achieve quick emergence, effective fertilizer uptake, and healthier plants throughout the season for improved ROI potential in 2018.
*At national Answer Plot® trials conducted from 2010 to 2014. Because of factors outside of Winfield Solutions' control, such as weather, product application, and any other factors, results to be obtained, including but not limited to yields, financial performance, or profits, cannot be predicted or guaranteed by Winfield Solutions. Results are based upon controlled test and field trials.  Actual results may vary.

Tips for Fall Soil Sampling

Joel and Kyle
Hosts, WinField United
Hosts Joel and Kyle share advice for fall soil prep on this episode of The Deal With Yield®. The guys talk about the best ways to prepare for a successful 2018 crop, including tips for a larger return on both corn and soybeans.
Season 10 – Episode 3: Tips for Fall Soil Sampling

The Deal With Yield® is a podcast series covering the issues that matter most in crop production.

Make Planning a Team Effort

Rick Speicher
District Sales Manager, Seed, WinField United
With the 2017 season soon to be wrapping up, it’s time to get serious about planning for next season. How do you make the most of this important task? Add trusted, local expertise to your planning team.
A local agronomic advisor can help you determine if you’re developing the best foundation possible for increased ROI potential with effective weed, insect and disease control measures, plus in-season fertility that can help build profit potential in your crop.
Start with seed
Matching the right seed to each soil type at the right population plays a significant role in boosting yield potential and help reduce risk in your plan. Your WinField United advisor has a broad selection of tools to help you choose the right seed to match each field.
Because CROPLAN® seed hybrids and varieties are rated on their performance across specific soil types, you can confidently select the product that matches each field’s soil conditions. CROPLAN® seed data ratings also helps specify which varieties may be more effective at higher or lower populations, allowing you to push yield potential with high populations on your most productive acres and reduce populations to help save on input costs in less productive fields.
Optimize plant nutrition
Plant nutrition should be a key part of your seed selection and in-season plans. Work with your advisor to match fertilization levels with your yield goals and application capabilities. CROPLAN® seed response-to-nitrogen scores for each hybrid help you choose the right seed to optimize yield potential.
In season, NutriSolutions 360® tissue testing between V4 to VT will provide a customized fertilizer recommendation that, if followed, could return the highest ROI of all the inputs applied for the season. Your advisor can share data that shows how adding 50 units of nitrogen with appropriate combinations of potassium, sulfur and micronutrients could return additional profitable bushel potential per acre.
Add crop management plans
As you review last season’s results, team up with your advisor to determine why some management steps worked well and others didn’t. Now is the time to adjust next season’s program as needed to help protect plants against weed, insect and disease threats. Ask your advisor to calculate the potential economic advantages of protecting yield with season-long weed and pest control.
Consider ag tech tools
Whether you’re experienced with ag technology or just getting started, it’s important to understand all the capabilities these new tools can add to your program. Your advisor can help you evaluate the benefits of using precision seed and fertilizer technology, in-season imagery, field monitoring, and crop forecasting to help manage crops.
Work with your advisor to include plans for monitoring each field’s progress and implementing real-time adjustments throughout the season. Capitalizing on opportunities to increase yield potential in-season helps provide the most cost-effective way to add bushels — and increase ROI potential — to your program. 

Fall Burndown Best Practices: Part 2

Joel and Kyle
Hosts, WinField United
On this episode of The Deal With Yield®, agronomist Andy Schmidt is back to continue the conversation on fall burndown with hosts Joel and Kyle. Tune in to hear Andy discuss what can happen if you skip a fall application and best practices for continuing weed control into the spring.
Season 10 – Episode 2: Fall Burndown Best Practices: Part 2

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