Growing Knowledge

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

Optimizing Cotton Production

Joel and Kyle
Hosts, WinField United
Agronomist and guest host Sara Smelser is back on a new episode of The Deal With Yield. Kyle and Sara discuss nutrient management and best in-season practices, plus Sara gives a history lesson on cotton production.
Season 11, Episode 2 – Optimizing Cotton Production

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

Tackle Field Variability in Soybeans

Bob Bohl
Technical Seed Manager
As you search for ways to raise the bar in your operation’s soybean production, managing field variabilities can be a good starting point. However, working across rolling hills and valleys, in unusually wet or consistently dry conditions, on rich loam or sandy soils — and many other factors — can be challenging.   
Start With Technology Tools
The R7® Tool by WinField United could give you a leg up by helping identify specific challenges within each field and offering solutions to help mitigate risk. For example, the tool can provide a close-up look at specific fields, starting with a soil map that identifies different soil types in individual zones.
Understanding each field’s conditions, including weed challenges, can help you identify which soybean seed system is right for your operation. When your seed system has been selected, the R7® Tool will cross-reference Answer Plot® testing research data with your soil map and other information to help match the specific soybean variety best suited for your conditions to achieve optimal yield potential.1
Manage Variability
When field variability is a challenge, a CROPLAN® WinPak® soybean seed variety, which includes two varieties within one bag, may be the answer. WinPak® seed varieties are designed to help optimize production potential across a range of soils, weeds, disease and other conditions.
If you’re equipped to make variable-rate applications, the R7® Tool can help provide tailored prescriptions. In higher-producing zones with good growing conditions, the tool may prescribe lower soybean plant populations to allow offensive plants to flourish. Lower populations may also be the answer for disease-prone zones to open up the canopy for better air circulation. Higher plant populations may be warranted in zones with hills and lower producing areas to compensate for smaller plant sizes and help increase yield potential.
Adjust Fertility Levels
When soil and/or tissue tests indicate additional plant nutrients would be advantageous, variable fertility rates could be prescribed. The varied rates would be based on fertility levels in each zone to help maximize your crop nutrient costs and potential return on investment.
Monitor In-Season Changes
To help manage risk during the season, the R7® Tool can help provide in-season imagery with the Field Monitoring Tool. By closely observing crop development throughout the season, you could identify opportunities to capture higher yield potential or be alerted to pending problems before yield potential is jeopardized.
Ask your local WinField United representative for more details about managing field variability in soybeans and other crops next season.
1 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.  Actual results may vary.

Key Considerations When Choosing Cotton Seed

Joel and Kyle
Hosts, WinField United
Host Kyle talks cotton on this episode of The Deal With Yield® with guest Sara Smelser, regional agronomist for WinField United. The two discuss why seed selection is a key factor in optimal production, and Kyle learns a thing or two about money.
Season 11, Episode 1 – Key Considerations When Choosing Cotton Seed

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

New Functionality Guides Soybean Seed Decisions

Jim Eggerichs
Technical Seed Manager
At this point in the season you’re likely thinking ahead to next year’s seed decisions. If you are a soybean farmer, how do you know which varieties will perform best in various soil types and yield environments? Since the characteristics of each field are different, and even areas within the same field can vary greatly, there is value in having variety-specific management data for your soybean crop.
The CHT Tool, a component of the R7® Tool by WinField® United, uses data from the Answer Plot® Program to help compare soybean seed varieties from major companies to see how they are potentially projected to perform on fields like yours. The CHT Tool has been used to compare corn hybrids for several years and is now available to perform similar functions to help optimize soybean seed selection.
The tool displays at least three years of Answer Plot® program yield data based on soil type and yield environment to help you make data-driven decisions regarding your seed choices. Yield environment is defined as the intensity of field stress or disease issues present in the field — whatever negative factors are keeping that soybean yield from being the most it can be. Along with soil type, you can use the data to help select the proper soybean variety for that field.
Many challenges can occur in any given field, and having yield information that matches up with a particular environment can help you better predict seed performance for the following year.
Looking at data for one area will tell you what performed best there last year, but looking at data from a variety of environments and using different testing methods like we do in our Answer Plot® Program gives you a better idea of how a variety may perform next year. Of course, we don’t know specifically what next year will bring, but the CHT Tool can improve our chances of predicting the potential performance of a soybean variety in a given field.
To find out how the CHT Tool can help manage and capitalize on the variability within your soybean fields, talk with your WinField® United agronomist or technology manager. 

Manage Weeds With the Right Soybean Seed

Joel and Kyle
Hosts, WinField United
Hosts Joel and Kyle discuss the importance of selecting the right soybean variety to manage weed pressures next year on the latest episode of The Deal With Yield. Listen for their review of new soybean technologies, how herbicide mode of action plays a role in variety selection and the importace of water preservation.
Season 10: Episode 7 - Manage Weeds With the Right Soybean Seed

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