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    5 Fundamentals to Improve Plant Health and Operational Potential
    Sep 24, 2020 | Answer Plot
    As you begin planning for the 2021 season, you’re no doubt looking for ways to achieve early, uniform plant emergence and maintain outstanding plant health throughout the season so you can turn a profit at harvest. WinField ® United data shows that every season, farmers may...
    CROPLAN® Seed to Yield Reports
    Sep 23, 2020 | Answer Plot
    Real-time, local research and insights from Answer Plot® and Insight Trials to help you decide which seed products should be part of your game plan for the next season Every fall, we are constantly analyzing the local performance of all our seed products so we can make insight...
    Leverage Harvest Data to Drive Next Season’s Crop Decisions
    Sep 22, 2020 | Answer Tech
    With today’s ag technology tools and in-season imagery options, it should be easier than ever to collect data to inform seed and crop protection product decisions. But even though all of that data can be very helpful, it can also be overwhelming to know where to start. Here...
    Gear Up for Fall Burndown Now
    Sep 21, 2020 | Answer Plot
    A clean start in the spring. Improved chances of on-time planting. Fewer pest havens. These are just a few of the benefits of an effective fall burndown. What’s your burndown strategy for this year to help limit next season’s weed pressures? Here are some ideas to get you...
    Amp Up Tech to Predict Corn Drydown
    Sep 16, 2020 | Answer Tech
    The need to monitor drydown trends in your cornfields comes at one of the busiest times of the season. Prioritizing sample collection and stand assessment in every field is difficult when there are so many other things to do. Let tech ease the load, give you a global...
    The Yield Equation: Where Do Seed Treatments Fit?
    Sep 11, 2020 | Answer Plot
    Did you know that an effective seed treatment helps your crop establish a more even stand? That benefit alone offers season-long advantages. Of course, seed treatments can also help protect against early-season insect and disease pressure and promote vigorous emergence. As...
    3 Tips for Preparing a Nutrient Management Plan
    Sep 11, 2020 | Answer Plot
    Planning for the 2021 season begins this fall, and a good place to focus your efforts is revisiting your nutrient management program. While the season is still fresh in your mind, think about what you’ll need to do ensure that your crops have what they need to thrive next...
    3 Cotton Defoliation Strategies To Help Optimize Yield Potential
    Sep 09, 2020 | Answer Plot
    Cotton defoliation is a management decision that is just as important as the seed or inputs you choose. Proper defoliation can help improve harvest efficiency by promoting more even boll opening, reducing the amount of trash and staining in the harvested cotton, and lowering...
    Farmer Lets Tech Steer His Irrigation and Nutrient Strategies
    Sep 01, 2020 | Answer Tech
    As a farmer, you don’t need another task on your plate; you want something that’s going to help you manage what’s already there. And though irrigation may be an essential part of your operation, it takes time to scout and probe for moisture deficits, set up the pivot for...
    Advanced Acre Rx In-Season Trial Updates
    Aug 21, 2020 | Answer Plot
    This season, the WinField United agronomy team is conducting a series of trials in partnership with local retailers as part of the new WinField ® United Advanced Acre ® Rx program . Farmers who participate in the program receive a season-long plan with in-season adjustments...
    Answer Plot 2020: Different Format, Fresh Intel, Same High-Quality Data
    Aug 19, 2020 | Answer Plot
    For 21 seasons, the WinField ® United Answer Plot ® program has delivered leading-edge agronomic insights live and in person at locations across the country, providing data-driven recommendations to help inform decisions on your acres. While we weren’t able to meet in-person...
    5 Steps to Help Determine Harvest Order
    Aug 18, 2020 | Answer Plot
    It’s hard to believe, but harvest is just around the corner. At this point in the season, your goal should be to protect yield potential by managing harvest order effectively. Here are five tips to help make harvest order work in your favor. 1. Gauge corn stalk integrity and...
    6 Ways to Jumpstart Your Sunflower Stand
    Aug 13, 2020 | Answer Plot
    6 Ways to Jumpstart Your Sunflower Stand Kyle Okke Agronomist Dickinson, ND Once you’ve determined which market to produce for and selected the right CROPLAN ® sunflower varieties for your acres, you have to practice the right planting techniques to optimize yield potential...
    3 Ways Data Can Help Shape Hybrid Decisions
    Aug 12, 2020 | Answer Plot
    Making good seed decisions starts with leveraging the data that’s best suited for your operation. Ideally, this means fusing national data with highly localized data from your region or your farm specifically. Employ these three data-driven strategies to help ensure you are...
    Tap Into Tech for Silage Harvest
    Aug 06, 2020 | Answer Tech
    There are probably a number of qualities you’re looking for in your corn silage crop, including adequate nutrient and moisture levels as well as optimal tonnage. One way you can help ensure optimal ROI and yield potential is by using the appropriate ag technology to manage...
    3 Tips for Choosing the Right Wheat Seed Treatment
    Aug 04, 2020 | Answer Plot
    It’s time to finalize your wheat seed purchases for 2021. Make sure that a high-quality seed treatment is part of the package to get plants off to a healthy start and protect them throughout the season from diseases and insects. Here are three questions to consider when...
    3 Tips for More Economical Fungicide Applications
    Aug 04, 2020 | Answer Plot
    When weighing purchase decisions, you consider many factors, but ultimately you want to maximize your return on investment potential. However, variables that are out of your control sometimes make that hard to do. Here are three steps you can take to help make more economical...
    Prioritize ROI and Boost Plant Health With a Fungicide Application
    Aug 03, 2020 | Answer Plot
    At the beginning of the 2020 growing season, we introduced five fundamental decisions to help you improve the profitability of your operation. One of those fundamental decisions, an effective fungicide application, is especially relevant now as you scout for potential disease...
    Sunflowers Have Good Potential for Variable Rate Seeding
    Aug 03, 2020 | Answer Plot
    Sunflowers Have Good Potential for Variable Rate Seeding Chris Heidrich District Sales Manager Bismarck, ND Like any crop, sunflowers can respond well to variable rate populations, provided you have enough variability in your fields. The trick, of course, is finding the right...
    Managing Against Herbicide-Resistant Weeds in Wheat
    Aug 03, 2020 | Answer Plot
    Managing Against Herbicide-Resistant Weeds in Wheat Kyle Okke Agronomist Dickinson, ND Weed resistance is a popular topic of conversation in any growing season, as it’s a problem that impacts every farmer regardless of location. Repeated use of a specific herbicide can lead...
    Limiting Harvest Loss Helps Optimize Canola Profit and Reduce Volunteer Canola in Wheat
    Aug 03, 2020 | Answer Plot
    Limiting Harvest Loss Helps Optimize Canola Profit and Reduce Volunteer Canola in Wheat Dennis Christie Agronomist Yukon, OK Following a harvest strategy is essential to realizing optimal yield potential, whether you produce spring canola or winter canola. But it also helps...
    Keep Close Tabs on Cotton Management
    Jul 29, 2020 | Answer Plot
    Cotton growers know that even under ideal conditions, cotton requires intense monitoring and management throughout the season. Here are some tips to help guide in-season decisions. Control insects Cotton seed treatments typically last 21 to 28 days in a given growing season...
    Don't Let a Boron Deficit Compromise Your Corn
    Jul 27, 2020 | Answer Plot
    The growing season has been relatively mild with some periods of challenging weather. Regardless of the weather, boron should always be top of mind as we progress into pollination in corn. What is the role of boron? Boron plays a key role in flowering, pollen development and...
    Focus Scouting Efforts With Ag Tech Tools
    Jul 20, 2020 | Answer Tech
    Spring and early summer are always busy for farmers. But 2020 has brought many unforeseen challenges that have made this time of year even more hectic. With so much to consider this year, scouting fields may become a lower priority. However, ag technology tools can help you...
    Timely Tissue Sampling Aids Nutrient Decision-Making
    Jul 20, 2020 | Answer Plot
    This season, be sure to routinely monitor the health of your crops by asking your agronomist to take tissue samples and have them tested for nutrient status. This will help ensure your crops are receiving what they need to deliver optimal yield and return on investment (ROI...
    When it Comes to Data, Demand Quality and Personalization
    Jul 18, 2020 | Answer Tech
    With established and new companies offering many types of data sources it can be difficult to decipher truth from hype. Not sure if you’re getting the most value out of your data? Here are four checks your data should meet. Valid. If your data is not valid and backed by strong...
    Broadening Connections to Deliver In-Season Insights
    Jul 15, 2020 | Answer Tech
    In today’s connected world, the ability to access your on-farm data quickly, easily and securely is essential. Accessing your data to make informed decisions in-season can drive profitability on your operation. Now there’s a new way to make data more readily available to...
    Capitalize on Corn Seed Treatments In-Season
    Jul 15, 2020 | Answer Plot
    Your corn seed is in the ground and taking root. Hopefully, that seed came with a quality seed treatment already applied. Now it’s time to pay attention to the in-season value a seed treatment can bring and leverage that to begin informing your seed decisions for next year...
    7 Tips for Managing Soybean White Mold
    Jul 08, 2020 | Answer Plot
    Last year, many farmers had to manage white mold in their soybean fields. This was likely due to a field history of white mold, paired with cool wet weather and high temperatures. We don’t know for certain if this disease will be an issue again this year, but we can prepare...
    Look to Fungicides to Help Manage Disease in High-Value Hybrids
    Jul 06, 2020 | Answer Plot
    When all the disease triangle components are in place — the inoculum (disease spores), the host (the plant) and the right environment — disease will likely manifest. If we get hot and dry weather, the opportunity for disease usually decreases. Temperatures in the 80s are...
    Advanced Acre Trials to Show Value of Data-Backed Approach
    Jun 26, 2020 | Answer Tech
    In today’s challenging and changing marketplace, quality data, ag technology and agronomic expertise are critical tools that enable farmers to make informed decisions and manage for optimal return on investment (ROI) throughout the season. This season, the WinField United...
    Help Protect Corn From Tar Spot Pressure
    Jun 22, 2020 | Answer Plot
    Tar spot is a relatively new disease in corn in the north central United States, but it already has a history of severely limiting yield potential. It was first identified in Indiana and Illinois fields in 2015 and had been isolated to select Midwestern geographies until the...
    Soybean Gall Midge Brings More Questions Than Answers
    Jun 16, 2020 | Answer Plot
    In 2018, small orange midge larvae were found, causing significant injury and yield loss to soybean fields in Nebraska, Iowa and South Dakota as well as in several Minnesota counties. In the two years following this larvae’s discovery, the areas affected by soybean gall midge...
    Timing Is Key to Success With Double-Crop Soybeans
    Jun 11, 2020 | Answer Plot
    Double-cropping soybeans along with corn and adding a wheat crop can be a profitable alternative to a traditional corn/soybean rotation. Good timing, careful planning and strong stand establishment are just some of the factors that are critical for a successful double-crop...
    The Scoop on Split Nitrogen Applications
    Jun 08, 2020 | Answer Plot
    4 Tips for Managing Early-Season Weed Pressure
    May 26, 2020 | Answer Plot
    Early-season weed control is one of the five essentials that can help you improve your operation in 2020. Now is the ideal time to get ahead of weed pressure and make the right strategic decisions to help mitigate their emergence. However, if weeds do emerge, there are steps...
    Agronomic Considerations for Prevent Plant Acres
    May 12, 2020 | Answer Plot
    In 2019, a record number of acres were declared prevent plant because of an unusually rainy spring and summer in many areas of the United States. In 2020, farmers are weighing the options of returning at least some of those acres to production. What agronomic factors could...
    What’s the Value of an Adjuvant?
    May 11, 2020 | Answer Plot
    Imagine you’ve invested in a new state-of-the-art planter. You’ve done all the planter maintenance and calibration to set up for a successful spring, but in the midst of all that prep, you forgot to fuel up your tractor. Without the tractor, that expensive planter can’t do...
    Use In-Season Tools to Illuminate Opportunities
    Apr 27, 2020 | Answer Tech
    During the growing season, every minute counts. Many times, extra hands are hard to come by and more hours in the day are not an option. However, quality technology that is properly leveraged can quickly detect field problems and successes to help you know exactly where to...
    Understand the Value of Tissue Testing
    Apr 27, 2020 | Answer Tech
    Knowing whether or not your plants are absorbing the nutrients you’re feeding them is important information in the heat of the season and when planning for next year. Tissue testing is an additional tool you and your trusted advisor can use to create an in-season nutrient game...
    Have Confidence in Soil Sampling Results
    Apr 22, 2020 | Answer Plot
    Every year, you make a significant investment in fertility for your acres. Whether you soil sample in spring or fall, you need those samples to be taken properly and in a consistent manner. Being able to trust those results will lead you to make better fertilizer decisions...
    Address Early-Season Issues With Technology
    Apr 20, 2020 | Answer Tech
    After the rush of spring planting, it can be hard to monitor every field for in-season problems such as poor stands, seedling diseases, winterkill, early-season pests and weed pressure. There’s just not time to go back and perform manual scouting evaluations on every field...
    When Corn Becomes a Weed
    Apr 20, 2020 | Answer Plot
    Volunteer corn plants are a nuisance for soybean growers because they grow quickly and are difficult to manage. Left uncontrolled, volunteer corn can lead to yield loss and also serve as a host for corn rootworm larvae. Timely herbicide applications are essential to managing...
    Monitor Fields to Track Trends
    Apr 18, 2020 | Answer Tech
    Take advantage of technology to understand trends occurring in your fields. The R7 ® Field Monitoring Tool from WinField United lets you and your agronomist track a crop’s vigor status to determine if a field needs attention. Different-colored pins indicate higher-than-average...
    Beyond the Buzzword: Sustainability and Soil Health: Episode 122
    Apr 17, 2020 | Answer Plot
    On this week’s episode of The Deal With Yield® podcast, host Jon Zuk sits down with Jason Weller, the Senior Director of Sustainability at Land O’Lakes. The two have a frank conversation about the buzzword “sustainability” and what it means for farmers and their operations. A...
    Micronutrients Aren’t Optional
    Apr 15, 2020 | Answer Plot
    When you hear the word “micro,” what comes to mind? Do you immediately think “inconsequential,” “insignificant” or “nonessential”? If so, you may assume that micronutrients are an optional component of your plant nutrition program. But that’s not the case. Micronutrients are...
    What Could a Wet Season Mean for Your Crops?
    Apr 14, 2020 | Answer Plot
    While farmers always want plenty of moisture in their soil profile for optimal crop growth, excessive amounts could cause challenges for crops. Knowing the answers to these questions can help you understand how wet conditions have an impact on crops and can help you prepare...
    What Could a Dry Season Mean for Your Crops?
    Apr 13, 2020 | Answer Plot
    Abnormally dry to extreme drought conditions could have an impact on crop production in some areas, causing extra challenges for farmers trying to maximize yield potential. Even though some parts of the country may be seeing plenty of moisture now, we all know conditions can...
    3 Tips to Maximize the ROI Potential on Micronutrient Applications
    Apr 08, 2020 | Answer Plot
    Compared to macronutrients, which are generally applied in hundreds of pounds per acre, micronutrients might seem less critical for plant nutrition. Although crops may only require small quantities of micronutrients, without them critical functions within the plant are halted...

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