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Capturing Maximum ROI

Answer Plot®
Research Team
Marker-assisted breeding technology has dramatically increased the speed of developing new hybrids with improved yields and stress tolerance. This novel breeding process involves testing a small chip removed from the seed coat and endosperm to select seeds with specific genes and traits, drastically shortening the development period.

The question is: Are you reaping the benefits of these new hybrids and varieties as soon as they become available?



"Over the last several years, we’ve seen up to 5- to 6-bushel-per-acre yield increases with many new hybrids as compared to the current elite hybrids," says Brad Miller, region product manager, WinField. "Farmers need to capitalize on these gains as soon as possible or they’re losing out on yield."

MANAGEMENT INSIGHTS ENABLE SUCCESS
A primary reason why you can confidently plant new genetics in a shorter period of time is the management information gleaned through the Answer Plot® program.

"Our Answer Plot® research includes numerous replicated trials for statistical accuracy and a high level of confidence in our data," Miller notes. "Through this research, we develop key insights about the right management practices, such as plant populations, soil types, plant nutrition and other factors that will help farmers capture maximum yield potential the first year they plant new products."

IDENTIFYING SUCCESS
"Farmers are going to have approximately the same cost per acre for seed, whether they’re buying products that came out this year or four years ago," Miller notes. "However, sticking with an older hybrid with less yield potential than new releases for several years could cost that farmer 15 to 20 bushels per acre in lost yield during that time.

"WinField agronomists have the tools to help you take advantage of new seed technology as soon as it’s available and capture maximum return on your seed investment,” he adds.

Review the CROPLAN® 2015 Seed Guide for more information on new hybrids and varieties for the coming season to optimize your yield success and potential ROI.
 

1 Data from 136 Answer Plot® locations.
2 Results may vary. 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.


Optimize Spring Burndown Applications

Answer Plot®
Research Team


Spring burndown applications — common in no-till acres — can help you in the fight against weed resistance. Darrin Holder, regional agronomist, WinField, says this proactive approach is critical. “Once herbicide resistance takes root on a farm, in-crop opportunities for control are limited.”

Holder shares the following advice to help you optimize burndown applications this spring.

ASK THE RIGHT QUESTIONS
Effective weed control starts by asking the right questions. First, work with your agronomist to outline your crop rotation schedule and field history. List recurring weed problems and signs of herbicide resistance. Don’t limit your analysis to your acres; examine conditions in neighboring fields. If a neighbor is fighting resistance, it’s likely that seed will be in your fields soon.

THINK LONG TERM
Even a small patch of resistant weeds left unchecked one year can become a big problem the following season. “Develop a multi-year, multi-crop strategy,” advises Holder. “If you're battling resistant Palmer amaranth, it can be worth investing in a burndown treatment before this year’s corn crop to protect next year’s soybean crop.”

PRESCRIBE THE BEST TANK MIX
Herbicides with residual control extend burndown benefits, helping crops stay clean during critical stand establishment. “Even small weeds can rob emerging crops of valuable moisture and nutrients,” says Holder. “If you take away moisture and nutrients, you take away yield potential.”

For tank-mix options, visit winfield.com or reach out to your local WinField retailer.
 

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