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    Strong Hybrid Performance Despite Tough Conditions in 2019
    Strong Hybrid Performance Despite Tough Conditions in 2019
    Jan 16, 2020 | Answer Plot
    I’ve been analyzing harvest data for quite a few years, and I can assure you 2019 is a year that I won’t soon forget. The unpredictability that plagued the season was certainly captured by the variability in the data we saw this year. As you plan your corn purchases for 2020,...
    Manage Field Variability in Soybean Crops
    Manage Field Variability in Soybean Crops
    Jan 16, 2020 | Answer Plot
    Variability is common on farms, which can make it tricky to purchase the right soybean seed for a particular field. But there is a solution: the combination of two different soybean varieties that’s offered in CROPLAN ® WinPak ® varieties. These unique combinations of both...
    Quality Is Key for 2020 Cotton Seed
    Quality Is Key for 2020 Cotton Seed
    Jan 14, 2020 | Answer Plot
    Farmers throughout the Cotton Belt dealt with volatile weather patterns in 2019. Were you one of them? If so, be sure to spend some time assessing this past season — your outcomes for ROI and yield, your crop protection and nutrient program, your seed performance — and use...
    Making the Case for Water Conditioners
    Making the Case for Water Conditioners
    Dec 20, 2019 | Answer Plot
    You might not consider how your water is affecting weed control, but without the right water conditioners, you could be reducing your herbicide’s effectiveness by 10% to 20%. 1 That means you won’t be getting the most from the dollars you’ve already spent to combat weeds, and...
    Take a Full-Season Approach to Sunflower Weed Control
    Take a Full-Season Approach to Sunflower Weed Control
    Dec 12, 2019 | Answer Plot
    If you’re looking for ways to get your sunflower crop off to a strong start, effective weed control is critical. Since sunflowers are often planted at lower populations than other crops and grow relatively slowly during the first several weeks after emergence, they’re...
    Make This Adjustment to Help Reduce Dicamba Drift Potential in 2020
    Make This Adjustment to Help Reduce Dicamba Drift Potential in 2020
    Dec 09, 2019 | Answer Plot
    Exciting new research from WinField United reinforces and broadens findings from earlier this year regarding the control of fine particle drift. What we found First, WinField United researchers recently discovered that even if a drift reduction adjuvant (DRA) is included in...
    Behind on Fall Fieldwork? Build a Contingency Plan Now
    Behind on Fall Fieldwork? Build a Contingency Plan Now
    Dec 09, 2019 | Answer Plot
    Early snowfall, cold temperatures and a delayed harvest may mean that some of your fall fieldwork will be put off until spring. While that’s not an ideal scenario, there are steps you can take to make the most of your time before planting begins. I’ll address a few of the...
    3 Steps to a Successful Fall Burndown Application
    3 Steps to a Successful Fall Burndown Application
    Dec 05, 2019 | Answer Plot
    If conditions in your area allow you to make a fall burndown application, it can make the spring a little easier from a weed management perspective. Here are some tips to get the most from your fall burndown application. Identify the weeds in your fields This seems like a no...
    Tissue Sampling Trends Show Environment Limited Crop Nutrition in 2019
    Tissue Sampling Trends Show Environment Limited Crop Nutrition in 2019
    Nov 25, 2019 | Answer Plot
    Data shows that environmental stresses may have limited crop nutrition this season, based on over 45,000 tissue samples analyzed by WinField United. The insights gained from those 45,000 samples can help improve the efficiency and precision of nutrient applications all season...
    Teen Farmer Makes Hay at World Dairy Expo
    Teen Farmer Makes Hay at World Dairy Expo
    Nov 18, 2019 | Answer Plot
    Nicholas Gutierrez set a goal several years ago to grow and produce the highest-quality alfalfa hay. This year, that determination paid off. The 16-year-old won Grand Champion Commercial Hay at the World Forage Analysis Superbowl, part of the World Dairy Expo held in October...
    Find Ways to Have Success on Saline Acres
    Find Ways to Have Success on Saline Acres
    Nov 15, 2019 | Answer Plot
    With 14 to 15 million salt-affected acres in the United States, it’s clear that managing saline soils is a big challenge for some farmers. Typically those acres are found in western states where limited rainfall and a reliance on irrigation causes salts to build up in the...
    Include Ag Tech in Your Financial Discussions
    Include Ag Tech in Your Financial Discussions
    Nov 11, 2019 | Answer Tech
    Let’s face it, it’s tough to be a farmer right now. There are new levels of financial uncertainty fueled by a tough economy, recent weather challenges, market volatility and tariffs. These conditions may make it harder for you to get the funding you need to maximize revenue...
    Hybrid Options for Consistent Performance
    Hybrid Options for Consistent Performance
    Nov 06, 2019 | Answer Plot
    What’s the key benefit a product needs to deliver to make you buy it again and again? I’ll bet that most of the time, you’re looking for consistency. A product that’s stable. Reliable. Not flashy. A product you can depend on. It’s no different when selecting corn hybrids...
    Research Reveals That Nutrient Balance Matters
    Research Reveals That Nutrient Balance Matters
    Nov 05, 2019 | Answer Plot
    600,000 data points. Since WinField United launched the NutriSolutions ® tissue sampling program in 2008, that’s the volume of data we’ve gathered about the nutrient status of various crops. With that information, we’re discovering new nutrient management insights. And out of...
    Find Ways to Improve Profitability: Attend a Clinic
    Find Ways to Improve Profitability: Attend a Clinic
    Nov 04, 2019 | Answer Plot
    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 to share agronomic insights and help you get more from your acres, as well as highlight the latest plant...
    Evaluating Hybrid Response to Fungicide Pays Off for a Minnesota Farmer
    Evaluating Hybrid Response to Fungicide Pays Off for a Minnesota Farmer
    Oct 24, 2019 | Answer Plot
    As a seed advisor, it’s my goal to help farmers get the most from every acre. When one of my farmers was looking for ways to find incremental bushels on his farm, we started looking at the response-to-fungicide (RTF) scores for his corn hybrids to see where we could optimize...
    Gear Up for Fall Burndown Now
    Gear Up for Fall Burndown Now
    Oct 22, 2019 | 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? Talk with your local trusted advisor now about how to limit next season’s weed...
    Tips for Capturing and Using Harvest Data
    Tips for Capturing and Using Harvest Data
    Oct 21, 2019 | Answer Tech
    It’s important not only to successfully gather your yield data at the end of the season but also to leverage its full value. Here are five tips to get the most from it. 1. Rank harvest order by biomass. A number of ag technology tools can measure the crop biomass of various...
    Crop Model Field Report: September
    Crop Model Field Report: September
    Oct 17, 2019 | Answer Tech
    This summer, WinField United tested and aggregated the in-season recommendations of the R7 ® Field Forecasting Tool across the country on what we’re calling Sentinel Plots. We’ve talked with the agronomists who are managing several of these plots and have posted updates about...
    High-Potential Soybean Traits Require High-Precision Management
    High-Potential Soybean Traits Require High-Precision Management
    Oct 04, 2019 | Answer Plot
    As the 2019 growing season goes into the history books, you’re probably well on your way to creating your 2020 farm plan. If you grow soybeans and are considering your options for next season, it’s important to choose the right genetics and trait package for your operation to...
    4 Steps to Make the Most of Zone Soil Sampling
    4 Steps to Make the Most of Zone Soil Sampling
    Oct 02, 2019 | Answer Tech
    How did this year’s dynamic weather affect your soil’s health? One way to find out is by doing a soil test this fall. The results can help you set a baseline for managing nutrients next season. Here are a few tips to make the most of your soil sampling efforts. Build a plan...
    Plan Now to Mitigate 2019’s Weeds In Your Fields
    Plan Now to Mitigate 2019’s Weeds In Your Fields
    Oct 01, 2019 | Answer Plot
    Don’t let 2019 weed challenges haunt you in 2020. Abundant moisture last spring and in early summer meant that weed populations flourished and adequate control was difficult. So what can be done at this point to make sure 2019’s weed pressures don’t cause problems next spring?...
    8 Tips for Gauging Crop Performance and Harvest Needs
    8 Tips for Gauging Crop Performance and Harvest Needs
    Sep 30, 2019 | Answer Plot
    This growing season is one for the record books — and not always in a good way. But as challenging as it’s been, there are still lessons to learn and things you can do to make the most of it. Many farmers went weeks between plantings, waiting for more favorable weather. Others...
    3 Tips for Preparing a Nutrient Management Plan
    3 Tips for Preparing a Nutrient Management Plan
    Sep 25, 2019 | Answer Plot
    Excessive rains are like flushing money down the drain. Nutrients lost through the soil are nothing but lost investments. Because of the saturated soils we saw this season, it’s more important than ever for farmers to go into 2020 with a solid nutrient management strategy...
    Take a Stand on Alfalfa Health
    Take a Stand on Alfalfa Health
    Sep 24, 2019 | Answer Plot
    What alfalfa stands do you keep in rotation? Which ones do you remove? These decisions are important factors in your alfalfa strategy for this fall and next spring. Typically, most stand assessments are made in the spring, but walking your fields with your agronomist now can...
    What Do This Season’s Stresses Mean for Yield Potential?
    What Do This Season’s Stresses Mean for Yield Potential?
    Sep 23, 2019 | Answer Plot
    From cool and wet to hot and dry. That’s the dynamic weather shift that many crops faced across the Midwest this season. Some farmers are wondering how those extreme stresses will affect the yield potential and grain quality of their crops as they set expectations for harvest....
    Control Weeds on Prevent Plant Acres Now
    Control Weeds on Prevent Plant Acres Now
    Sep 17, 2019 | Answer Plot
    Don’t let your prevent plant acres turn into huge headaches. Prevent plant acres caused by sustained early-season rainfall were widespread across the United States in 2019. Northern Illinois north of Interstate 80 and southern Illinois were the two areas of my state that were...
    Why Measure a Crop’s Response to Soil?
    Why Measure a Crop’s Response to Soil?
    Sep 05, 2019 | Answer Plot
    Soil is one of the most valuable resources on your farm and one that has a great impact on how productive your fields will be. Just as we study a hybrid’s response to management practices, including nitrogen, fungicide and population, it’s beneficial to understand how...
    Crop Model Field Report: August
    Crop Model Field Report: August
    Sep 04, 2019 | Answer Tech
    This summer, WinField United is testing and aggregating the in-season recommendations of the R7 ® Field Forecasting Tool across the country on what we’re calling Sentinel Plots. We’ve been talking with the agronomists who are managing several of these plots and posting updates...
    The Yield Equation: Where Do Seed Treatments Fit?
    The Yield Equation: Where Do Seed Treatments Fit?
    Sep 04, 2019 | Answer Plot
    This year’s challenging planting season showed the value that seed treatments have in protecting yield potential. As corn began to tassel this summer, you could really start to see how differences in plant emergence and early-season vigor affected the development of the crop...
    Amp Up Your Tech to Predict Corn Drydown
    Amp Up Your Tech to Predict Corn Drydown
    Sep 03, 2019 | 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 give you a global perspective and make...
    New App Makes Seed Data Easier to Access
    New App Makes Seed Data Easier to Access
    Sep 02, 2019 | Answer Tech
    When you’re making seed selection decisions in the field with your agronomist, you want the ability to be flexible and to access timely information on the fly. Now you and your trusted advisor can download a new WinField® United app to help facilitate those important seed...
    3 Ways Data Can Help Shape Hybrid Decisions
    3 Ways Data Can Help Shape Hybrid Decisions
    Aug 28, 2019 | 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. Use these three data-driven strategies to help ensure you are using...
    3 Takeaways From the InfoAg Conference
    3 Takeaways From the InfoAg Conference
    Aug 26, 2019 | Answer Tech
    Ag tech is a lot like sports: Even with the fanciest equipment, if you don’t nail the fundamentals, you’ll never truly perform. This was no more apparent to me than at the InfoAg Conference , held recently in St. Louis, which showcased products and services from more than 100...
    Tips for Managing Late-Seeded Alfalfa
    Tips for Managing Late-Seeded Alfalfa
    Aug 20, 2019 | Answer Plot
    Has excessive spring rainfall kept you from seeding your alfalfa this year? You still may have time to establish an alfalfa crop later this summer. If you are considering a late summer seeding this year, plan to seed at least six to eight weeks prior to the end of the season...
    Plan for Seed Purchases After a Tough Year
    Plan for Seed Purchases After a Tough Year
    Aug 08, 2019 | Answer Plot
    As we saw this year, environmental conditions can throw a wrench in even the best laid-out crop management plans. Many farmers saw historic rainfall, planting was delayed and some acres were abandoned altogether. You’ll never be able to predict what the season will bring, but...
    Don't Let a Boron Deficit Compromise Your Corn
    Don't Let a Boron Deficit Compromise Your Corn
    Aug 07, 2019 | Answer Plot
    You don’t need me to tell you that the 2019 growing season has been one of extremes. By and large, we’ve had far too much rain over wide swaths of the country. Besides having a potentially negative effect on crop yields come harvest, there can be a host of other challenges...
    5 Questions to Consider for 2020 Seed and Input Decisions
    5 Questions to Consider for 2020 Seed and Input Decisions
    Aug 06, 2019 | Answer Plot
    Selecting the right seed for the upcoming season is important, and you no doubt consider factors such as yield potential, soil type, population, fertility, standability and past performance when doing so. And though everyone wants the highest-yielding option, that particular...
    Farmer Lets Tech Steer His Irrigation and Nutrient Strategies
    Farmer Lets Tech Steer His Irrigation and Nutrient Strategies
    Aug 05, 2019 | 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...
    Crop Model Field Report: July
    Crop Model Field Report: July
    Jul 29, 2019 | Answer Tech
    This summer, WinField United is testing and aggregating the in-season recommendations of the R7 ® Field Forecasting Tool across the country on what we’re calling Sentinel Plots. Over the next several months, we’ll be talking with the agronomists who are managing several of...
    Protect Late-Planted Crops From Disease
    Protect Late-Planted Crops From Disease
    Jul 24, 2019 | Answer Plot
    For many growers, wet conditions in May and June led to a much later start than desired. For example, here in Wisconsin, corn and soybeans are about two weeks behind their normal maturity for this time of year. Besides pushing the season back, this combination of late planting...
    Broadening Our Network to Enhance Your Connectivity
    Broadening Our Network to Enhance Your Connectivity
    Jul 18, 2019 | Answer Tech
    In today’s connected world, the ability to access your on-farm data quickly and easily is essential. Not being able to retrieve it in your cab could mean a day without critical information, which could mean a day wasted. During the season, that’s not an option. Now there’s a...
    Will Early-Season Rain Affect Insect Populations?
    Will Early-Season Rain Affect Insect Populations?
    Jul 17, 2019 | Answer Plot
    I’ve been fielding more questions from farmers this season about how wet and cool weather could impact insect pressure. As with any year, pest pressure is unpredictable, but there are three things to keep in mind when it comes to managing insects following cool springs and...
    Evolution in Alfalfa Trait Technology
    Evolution in Alfalfa Trait Technology
    Jul 15, 2019 | Answer Plot
    If you grow alfalfa, you may have noticed that your new-seeding fields established particularly unevenly this year. Disease resistance during establishment in cold and wet soils may be one reason. Wet spring conditions can lead to situations that foster multiple races of...
    Understand the Value of Tissue Testing
    Understand the Value of Tissue Testing
    Jul 11, 2019 | 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...
    3 Tips for More Economical Fungicide Applications
    3 Tips for More Economical Fungicide Applications
    Jul 09, 2019 | 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...
    Don’t Lose Ground With Poor Management on Prevented-Plant Acres
    Don’t Lose Ground With Poor Management on Prevented-Plant Acres
    Jul 02, 2019 | Answer Plot
    Farmers across the Midwest have struggled to get crops planted this season. In many situations, it was impossible to get crops in at all. When the difficult decision to abandon planting is made, it doesn’t mean you can just give up on managing those acres. With nothing planted...
    Focus Scouting Efforts With Ag Tech Tools
    Focus Scouting Efforts With Ag Tech Tools
    Jun 27, 2019 | Answer Tech
    Spring and early summer are always busy for farmers. But things get even more hectic when the season is condensed, as it is for many this year. With so much to do and little time to do it, scouting fields tends to become a lower priority. Ag technology tools can help you...
    Get Intentional About Tissue Sampling
    Get Intentional About Tissue Sampling
    Jun 26, 2019 | Answer Plot
    Wet field conditions are creating lots of challenges that may require farmers to make changes to their crop management plans this season. If you’re not adjusting your crop nutrition decisions to account for the conditions, you could be steering your program in the wrong...
    Dicamba 101: Questions From the Field
    Dicamba 101: Questions From the Field
    Jun 19, 2019 | Answer Plot
    Low-volatility dicamba products have a new federal label and more specific state restrictions this season. Concerned farmers are wondering what that might mean for applications. Here are answers to some of the most common dicamba questions I’ve been hearing in the field. What...

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Farm Vision 2020 - Huron

January 22, 2020

We are hosting Farm Vision 2020 in January at 3 locations: Huron, Bowdle and Aberdeen

#plant2020 starts with:
• Improving your nutrient management plan
• Trusting your planter’s performance
• Clearing harvest residue
• Accessing and placing effective seed traits
 

Leola Member Dinner and Discussion

January 23, 2020

Join Chris Pearson, Agtegra's CEO, for supper and discussion.

Agtegra Innovation Center Planter Clinic

Farm Vision 2020 - Bowdle

January 28, 2020

We are hosting Farm Vision 2020 in January at 3 locations: Huron, Bowdle and Aberdeen

#plant2020 starts with:
• Improving your nutrient management plan
• Trusting your planter’s performance
• Clearing harvest residue
• Accessing and placing effective seed traits
 

Agtegra Innovation Center Planter Clinic

Farm Vision 2020 - Aberdeen

January 30, 2020

We are hosting Farm Vision 2020 in January at 3 locations: Huron, Bowdle and Aberdeen

#plant2020 starts with:
• Improving your nutrient management plan
• Trusting your planter’s performance
• Clearing harvest residue
• Accessing and placing effective seed traits
 

Oakes Member Dinner and Discussion

January 30, 2020

Join Chris Pearson, Agtegra's CEO, for supper and discussion.