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    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...
    Answer Plot 2020: Different Format, Fresh Intel, Same High-Quality Data
    Jun 23, 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. This year, we won’t be doing in-person group events as we have in the past. But rest assured that the Answer Plot...
    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...
    Timely Tissue Sampling Aids Nutrient Decision-Making
    May 19, 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...
    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...
    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...
    Make This Adjustment to Help Reduce Dicamba Drift Potential in 2020
    Apr 06, 2020 | 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...
    Look Beyond Your Seed’s Traits for Successful Weed Control
    Apr 06, 2020 | Answer Plot
    Planting herbicide-resistant seed is the new norm for most farmers. And while postemergence applications are certainly important, to protect the trait technology and to get more effective weed control, it’s crucial to build a season-long strategy that relies on layered...
    Help Protect Your Nitrogen With the Right Stabilizer
    Apr 06, 2020 | Answer Plot
    Did you know that up to 28% of nitrogen that farmers apply will be lost due to volatility, leaching and denitrification? The average loss in the Upper Mississippi Basin is 39 pounds per acre. 1 Many farmers compensate by overapplying nitrogen to their fields. But with budgets...
    Achieve the Full Potential of Roundup Ready 2 Xtend and Enlist E3 Soybean Traits
    Apr 03, 2020 | Answer Plot
    Weed control in soybeans used to be fairly simple. Roundup Ready ® soybeans were the go-to for many growers looking for a convenient solution to manage weeds. But the high selection pressure put on Roundup Ready soybeans over the years has led to herbicide-resistant weeds...
    Get the Facts on Fallow Syndrome
    Apr 02, 2020 | Answer Plot
    Fallow syndrome is probably something you haven’t thought about much in recent years, but with a record number of prevent-plant acres in 2019, it’s become a hot topic. Crops planted this season on prevent-plant acres that were left bare in 2019 could be at risk for early...
    3 Management Considerations for Corn-on-Corn Acres
    Apr 01, 2020 | Answer Plot
    If you’re planting a corn-on-corn crop rotation, you know there are additional management consideration s that can help you get the most from that ground. Whether it’s adjusting your fertility program or managing crop residue, even small changes to your plan could have big...
    5 Essentials to Help Improve Your Operation in 2020
    Mar 31, 2020 | Answer Plot
    As the 2020 growing season approaches, 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. That’s why we’ve assembled a collection of five key agronomic...
    Dicamba 101: Questions From the Field
    Mar 30, 2020 | Answer Plot
    Low-volatility dicamba products may have 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’s the difference...
    Take Care of Early Spring Weeds Before Planting
    Mar 25, 2020 | Answer Plot
    As you’re finalizing plans for spring, consider adding a spring burndown herbicide application if winter or spring annual weeds are a problem in your fields. Winter annuals, including marestail, overwinter and resume growing as soon as temperatures warm in the spring. When...
    Be Proactive With Prevent Plant Acres
    Mar 20, 2020 | Answer Plot
    Many farmers are considering whether or not their prevent plant acres are worth planting in 2020 or if they should start prepping them this year for planting in 2021. Here are some recommendations for determining when you should return those acres to crop production and how...
    Get a Jump on a Compressed Season
    Mar 13, 2020 | Answer Plot
    Delays in getting 2019 crops out of the field will mean a tighter gap between harvest and 2020 planting in many areas of the country. Here are some tips to help you effectively manage your time in the early spring to make planting timely and successful. 1. Take soil samples...
    Considerations for Choosing a Sorghum x Sudan Variety for Feed
    Mar 12, 2020 | Answer Plot
    If you have challenging, moisture-stressed ground and a hot climate, you farm in the sweet spot for sorghum products. Since sorghum is about 30% to 40% more water-use efficient than a corn plant, growers in hot and dry environments common in the West and South can potentially...
    3 Steps for Successful Variable Rate Seeding in Sunflowers
    Mar 09, 2020 | Answer Plot
    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 balance of plants per acre so you maximize yield potential. The strategy for using variable rate seeding in...
    CROPLAN Seed Offers New Spring Wheat Varieties in 2020
    Mar 06, 2020 | Answer Plot
    We’re always focused on bringing the best spring wheat genetics to market at WinField United. Through our persistent focus on wheat research, we’re excited to introduce two new spring wheat varieties to the CROPLAN ® seed lineup for 2020. Here’s a glance at the strengths and...
    Think Long-Term When Making Input Decisions
    Mar 05, 2020 | Answer Plot
    If you’re like most farmers, you’ve probably already done a good job at eliminating expenses that don’t deliver a significant return on investment at the end of the season. But it can be tempting to continue to cut inputs as a way to reduce costs even further. Sometimes those...
    Sitting Down with the Wizard of Weeds: Episode 121
    Feb 21, 2020 | Answer Plot
    On this episode of The Deal With Yield® podcast, hosts Joel and Jon are joined by the “Wizard of Weeds,” Greg Dahl. As senior research manager at the WinField United Innovation Center, Dahl has contributed to the development of dozens of products. Listen to hear more about...
    Fungicides Continued to Prove Their Value in 2019
    Feb 19, 2020 | Answer Plot
    In 2019, for the fourth year in a row in my area of west-central Minnesota, farmers saw very little if any foliar or fungal disease lesions on corn plants. You have to look really hard to find even a little bit of eyespot, common rust or northern corn leaf blight. Rarely do...
    New CROPLAN Wheat Varieties Show Excellent Potential
    Feb 19, 2020 | Answer Plot
    Do you have a goal of optimizing your wheat yields? WinField United is testing new varieties to find the next top performers for your fields. If you’re interested in trying out germplasm that’s unique to the industry and even in having a completely different look to your...
    Yield Unsealed: Early Season Agronomic Decisions: Episode 120
    Feb 14, 2020 | Answer Plot
    The Deal With Yield® podcast is back with another installment of Yield Unsealed. On this week’s episode, Joel Wipperfurth and Corey Evans answer a smattering of early season agronomic questions, ranging from nitrogen management to plant growth rates. Tune in to test your...
    Simplifying Soybean Weed Management: Episode 119
    Feb 07, 2020 | Answer Plot
    Managing weeds in soybeans isn’t what it used to be. New products come with new regulations and making a decision can be daunting. This week on The Deal With Yield® podcast, Joel Wipperfurth and Corey Evans review the complexities of weed management in soybeans and unpack...
    Use Last Year’s Results to Inform 2020 Soybean Seed Selection
    Feb 05, 2020 | Answer Plot
    The winter months are a great time to review seed performance data to help inform decisions for spring planting. The latest Answer Plot® trial results are in , and despite the challenges of 2019, there were some standout soybean varieties that consistently performed well...
    Can You Trust Crop Models?: Episode 118
    Jan 31, 2020 | Answer Tech
    On this week’s episode of The Deal With Yield® podcast, host Joel Wipperfurth and guest host Corey Evans discuss crop modeling technology and the components of an effective crop model. Hear about their experience using models with farmers in 2019 and how insights from crop...
    3 Simple Steps to Introduce Ag Tech to Your Operation
    Jan 29, 2020 | Answer Tech
    Now that 2020 is upon us, you’re probably focused on creating your strategies for spring planting and in-season crop management. If you haven’t been using ag technology tools on your operation, this may be a good time to work with your local advisor to see how they could...
    Use Response-to Scores to Guide Agronomic Decisions
    Jan 29, 2020 | Answer Plot
    Response-to scores can help you better match the hybrids you choose to your management style and farm environment, which allows you to allocate your crop inputs budget more precisely. For the last nine years, WinField United has measured and recorded the response of various...
    What We Learn from Response-To Scores: Episode 117
    Jan 24, 2020 | Answer Plot
    On this week’s episode of The Deal With Yield® podcast, Joel Wipperfurth and Corey Evans remain focused on seed. The guys discuss why getting the most value from your seed selection stems from proper management and how response-to scores can help inform decision-making.
    Crop Model Field Report: Final
    Jan 21, 2020 | Answer Plot
    Last summer and fall, 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. Throughout the season, we’ve talked with the agronomists who are managing several of these...
    Management by Genetics: Episode 116
    Jan 17, 2020 | Answer Plot
    On this week’s episode of The Deal With Yield® podcast, host Joel Wipperfurth is joined by technical seed agronomist Corey Evans for a discussion about selecting seed for 2020. The two unpack the concept of “management by genetics,” and seek to understand whether farmers...
    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,...

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