As harvest ’19 finally comes to a close, planning for 2020 is now at the forefront of most farmers’ minds. As you finalize seed decisions for the coming growing season, it’s important to remember that last season’s crop performance is just one part of a much larger picture.
Listen below as DEKALB Product Manager Jeremy Lake talks with Brownfield Ag News about the importance of leveraging data to make decisions. We also hear from NCGA winner Drew Haines on how he’s been able to continually have award-worthy success.
This past season was one of the toughest farming seasons in years. The starting conditions were extremely wet, leading to a later than normal planting window. As a result, farmers faced stand challenges and, in some cases, fertility issues. All of these factors contributed to highly variable yield results and may drive some farmers to take a more holistic approach and change their plans based on a single season rather than multiyear trends. This is a mistake.
“With all the anomalies we've seen during the 2019 growing season and harvest, I've always been a firm believer in leveraging your data. I've always told farmers to utilize historical and multiyear data layers to drive decision-making,” says DEKALB Product Manager Jeremy Lake. By basing decisions on a multiyear history, farmers can have a better idea of the growing conditions they can expect in the coming season.
Data collection tools, like the Climate FieldView™ platform, can make the planning process significantly easier. Seamlessly collect, store and visualize critical field data that can help you monitor and measure the impact of your agronomic decisions, all the while allowing you to make data-driven decisions for the future.
However, this year wasn’t a challenge for everyone, as DEKALB corn farmer Drew Haines picked up his third consecutive win in the NCGA yield contest. According to Haines, this year’s crop is one of his best ever. This consistent success leads you to wonder: How does he do it?
For Haines, a winning crop starts with high yield management. “We’ll start off with soil sampling in the fall or first thing in the spring,” he said. Before planting, Haines sprays herbicide to eliminate the need to travel over the corn after it’s planted. Additionally, Haines’ operation performs thorough scouting, walking some fields three to four times a week. As a result of his effort and attention to detail, Haines has learned to better read his crops and has the yields to prove it.
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