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. 
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