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Season 15, Episode 3: A Clinical Approach to Management Practices

Joel and Jon
Hosts, WinField United
On this episode of The Deal With Yield, Jon and Joel discuss what farmers can expect to learn at WinField United’s upcoming clinics. Discover new ag technology, emerging research findings and management practices to put into action next season.
A Clinical Approach to Management Practices

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

A Winning Option for Spring Wheat

Mark Torno
CROPLAN® Diverse Field Crops Marketing Manager
Reliability and stability are key ingredients for wheat seed, particularly if it is grown on variable soils. And having two varieties in one bag — pairing one that has a particular strength with another that has a completely different but complementary one — can help.
 
A WinPak® spring wheat variety from CROPLAN® seed offers a unique combination of two varieties that provides an exceptional level of stability throughout the field. WinPak varieties work together to increase yield potential by reducing risk from field variability, weather and soil conditions, and disease complexes. If you’re looking for a wheat seed option that performs well in variable conditions and under environmental pressures, here are some reasons to consider planting a WinPak variety.
 
Stability
There’s the value that comes with achieving the highest yield, and then there’s the value that comes with reliability and consistency. That’s where a WinPak wheat variety proves itself: We combine two products that work together to increase yield potential on tough acres while maintaining yield in higher-producing areas. Data has shown a synergistic effect that comes from having two types of seed in the bag. When one variety may not be at the top of the list in certain aspects, the other variety can compensate.
 
More genetics
No farmer gets excited about cleaning out the seeder and switching between varieties. Even though a farmer might want more genetics on the farm, it’s a lot of work that takes up valuable time. A WinPak variety provides two genetic backgrounds, and farmers only have to plant once.
 
Standability
If one seed component in a WinPak variety has a stronger standability rating than the other, it tends to bolster the second one. This nets out better than separately growing a variety with a less-desirable standability rating and another with a strong rating.
 
The power of two
CROPLAN currently offers one spring wheat WinPak variety, CP3888, which is a combination of CP3616 and CP3504. This WinPak variety has a number of features and benefits, including:
  • Excellent yield potential, strong protein
  • Strong disease package, great candidate for fungicide applications at flag leaf and heading
  • High response-to-nitrogen rating for peak protein advantage
 
For more information on WinPak varieties from CROPLAN seed and new varieties that are in the works, talk with your local trusted advisor.

Season 15, Episode 2: Digging Into Nutrient Deficiencies in Alfalfa and Soybeans

Joel and Jon
Hosts, WinField United
Hosts Joel Wipperfurth and Jon Zuk expand on the nutrient deficiency conversation on this episode of The Deal With Yield. Jon gives a look into 2018 soybean yields and the common nutrient deficiencies seen in fields across Minnesota. Joel talks alfalfa and the decision-making that goes along with managing his favorite crop.
 
Digging Into Nutrient Deficiencies in Alfalfa and Soybeans

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

Enhance Your Variable-Rate Fertility on Wheat

Chris Heidrich
Are you looking to boost the yield and ROI potential of your wheat crop? If so, more intense, targeted nutrient management in areas where it will be most effective could help you push your crop to the next level of bushels per acre and protein content. Here are some tips to help you optimize fertility in your fields.
 
1. Start with a soil sample.
Zone soil sampling can give you valuable information about nutrient variability in your wheat fields and, depending on your region, can be more cost-effective than grid sampling. Talk with your local trusted advisor about getting soil samples now prior to freeze-up and snow cover.
 
2. Choose the right varieties.
Ask your advisor how the Characterization Charts (CHT Tool) function of the R7® Tool can help you choose the wheat varieties that will best meet your production goals. High management on varieties with high response-to-population, response-to-nitrogen and response-to-fungicide scores can help you boost both yield and quality potential at harvest. If you do choose a high-management variety, work with your agronomist to time input applications appropriately.
 
3. Manage by zones.
Establishing yield goals by zones is critical to help determine how much fertility you need to apply in each area. Work with your advisor next season to use satellite imagery, prior year crop removal and past yield results to set yield goals for each management zone on your operation with the R7 Tool.
 
4. Pay attention to nitrogen and sulfur.
These macronutrients play important roles in wheat development and in quality and protein content at the end of the season. If your nitrogen-to-sulfur ratios are optimal late in the season, you have a better chance of achieving the protein and quality levels you desire. A number of farmers use variable-rate split nitrogen, which is an application of nitrogen at the beginning of the season, with another at flag leaf or post-flowering for a protein boost.
 
5. Look at the data.
In 2015, 2016 and 2017, my colleagues and I performed side-by-side variable-rate and static-rate checks on farms in western North Dakota and eastern Montana where variable-rate fertility applications were being performed on wheat for the first time. These were not scientific trials and there was no attempt to replicate the trials. The objective was to give farmers some perspective on how variable-rate fertility applications could potentially impact yield in their fields.
 
As we compiled yield data from the trials, we found crops that received variable-rate treatments outyielded the static strip by an average of nearly 4 bushels per acre.*
 
Selecting the right varieties, getting population right, doing variable-rate nutrient applications, and using technology to detect disease and weed pressures can help you give your wheat crop the level of management it deserves. And help you reach the goals you want to achieve. 
 
 
* Source: 2015–2017 customer field trials (52 locations in Montana and North Dakota). Because of factors outside of WinField United's control, such as weather, applicator factors, etc., results to be obtained, including but not limited to yields, financial performance, or profits, cannot be predicted or guaranteed by WinField United. Actual results may vary.
 
© 2018 WinField United. R7® and WinField® are trademarks of WinField United.
 

Find Ways to Improve Profitability: Attend a Clinic

Bob Pomerleau
Make room on your calendar this winter for an opportunity to improve your operation’s profitability. WinField United retailers will be hosting more than 3,500 clinics across the country to share agronomic insights to help you get more from your acres, as well as highlight the latest plant nutrition and crop protection products. Here are some of the topics that may be presented at a clinic near you.
 
Response to Fungicide (RTF)
  • Learn about tools to help you understand where fungicide applications are more likely to have a positive impact on ROI.
  • See spray demonstrations to learn what products can help improve fungicide coverage.
Managing Dicamba
  • Determine the best practices for managing dicamba applications on Roundup Ready 2 Xtend® soybean acres.
  • Discover ways to combat herbicide-resistant weeds and steward new technology.
Journey of the Droplet
  • Get the facts. Picking the right adjuvant is extremely important in the battle against weed pressure and resistance. Learn more about how to improve coverage and uptake to get it right the first time.
  • Learn which adjuvants provide consistent product performance to help control rising pressure from weeds  
Tips for High Yield/High Management Acres
  • Prep for optimal yields by learning how to adjust nutrient levels throughout the year.
  • Learn how different nutrient formulations can influence plant uptake.
Nitrogen Management Best Practices
  • Find out how your fields are losing nitrogen and focus on solutions to keep it in the root zone.
  • Protect your investment by learning how the right rate, nutrient source and application timing can make a difference in plant availability. 
 
You’ll hear about these topics and more at the upcoming clinics. Our local agronomists will also be available to answer more specific crop production questions and provide recommendations as you plan for 2019. Contact your local WinField United retailer for more information about upcoming clinics in your area.
 
© 2018 WinField United. WinField® is a trademark of WinField United. Roundup Ready 2 Xtend® is a trademark of Monsanto Technology LLC.

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