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    Help Farmers Know More With FieldReveal
    Help Farmers Know More With FieldReveal
    Nov 16, 2018 | Answer Tech
    As a retailer, you’re always looking for high-value, cost-effective ag tech tools to bring to your farmer customers. But in a challenging farm economy and a saturated ag technology marketplace, how do you ensure the tools you’re bringing to the table are the right...
    Wind Tunnel Will Enhance University of Minnesota Research
    Wind Tunnel Will Enhance University of Minnesota Research
    Nov 16, 2018 | Answer Tech
    A donation from WinField United will enable aerosol researchers at the University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering (CSE) to study what’s blowin’ in the wind. And then use that knowledge to help farmers.   A large wind tunnel once housed at the...
    Wind Tunnel Will Enhance University of Minnesota Research
    Wind Tunnel Will Enhance University of Minnesota Research
    Nov 15, 2018 | Answer Plot
    A donation from WinField United will enable aerosol researchers at the University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering (CSE) to study what’s blowin’ in the wind. And then use that knowledge to help farmers.   A large wind tunnel once housed at the...
    Use Tech to Shrink the Corn Yield Gap
    Use Tech to Shrink the Corn Yield Gap
    Nov 13, 2018 | Answer Tech
    This past season, I worked with a number of farmers and their local trusted advisors using  predictive modeling. We wanted to determine optimal timing and rates for nutrient applications and enable a quick response to crop stresses to protect yield potential. Preliminary...
    Scout Now to Get Ahead of Spring Weeds
    Scout Now to Get Ahead of Spring Weeds
    Nov 06, 2018 | Answer Plot
    A proactive approach to crop protection starts at harvest. Whether you’ve already finished harvest or are about to wrap up, your view from the cab is the perfect vantage point to evaluate your 2018 weed management strategy. Knowing what worked — and what didn&rsquo...
    It’s Not Too Early to Talk Fungicides
    It’s Not Too Early to Talk Fungicides
    Nov 06, 2018 | Answer Plot
    Farmers often ask me when they should plan to purchase their fungicides for the season. My answer is, in the off-season AND in-season. It seems contradictory, but there are good reasons to make purchases both times of the year.  It’s not just about disease pressure<
    Nurture Your Seed to Reach Its Potential
    Nurture Your Seed to Reach Its Potential
    Nov 01, 2018 | Answer Plot
    Every bag of seed has tremendous yield potential. Having a trusted advisor who understands how to place the best genetics on the right soils is critical, but perhaps even more important is what happens between planting and harvest.  Robust testing
    Consider a Back to Basics Approach for Crop Fertility
    Consider a Back to Basics Approach for Crop Fertility
    Nov 01, 2018 | Answer Plot
    Chances are you have some routines and standard processes in place for managing your crop. You’re probably fertilizing, taking care of weeds and choosing the right hybrids for your acres. But, are you keeping plant physiology in mind when you make those decisions? It'...
    Success in 2019 Starts with the Right Cotton Varieties
    Success in 2019 Starts with the Right Cotton Varieties
    Nov 01, 2018 | Answer Plot
    With any luck, you have navigated cotton harvest through a soggy fall and are looking ahead to 2019 planting decisions. Yield and quality are always top considerations when selecting cotton varieties, but there are additional factors you and your agronomist will want to keep...
    A New Way to Help Ensure Data Transparency
    A New Way to Help Ensure Data Transparency
    Oct 24, 2018 | Answer Tech
    As a farmer, do you wonder how your data is being used and where it’s going? You want your technology provider to offer insights and advice about how to improve on-farm performance based on your fields and your data. But you probably don’t want that provider using...
    Understand the Value of Foliar Health
    Understand the Value of Foliar Health
    Oct 23, 2018 | Answer Plot
    If you could look into a crystal ball during 2019 planning, what would it tell you? Obviously, there’s no predicting the future in agriculture, but you can use data to help inform your decision-making.   Every year, WinField United generates response-to-fungicide...
    Making Drones an Everyday Tool
    Making Drones an Everyday Tool
    Oct 22, 2018 | Answer Tech
    Anyone who is capturing imagery with a drone knows that it’s a time- and labor-intensive job. And once you’ve collected a large library of high-resolution images, you need to know how to organize and analyze the data to obtain beneficial insights. These are just...
    Quickly Predict Corn Plant Drydown
    Quickly Predict Corn Plant Drydown
    Oct 22, 2018 | Answer Tech
    Monitoring cornfield drydown trends can be time-consuming and needs to be done during one of the busiest parts of the growing season. It’s difficult to walk every field and collect samples to test for grain moisture and assess late season stands when there are so many...
    Testing the Future of Spray Technology
    Testing the Future of Spray Technology
    Oct 19, 2018 | Answer Plot
    Not all DRAs are created equal. Host Jon Zuk is joined by WinField United senior engineer Dan Bissell to discuss the groundbreaking spray research coming out of the Innovation Center on the latest episode of The Deal With Yield podcast.
    Use Tech to Evaluate Hayfields Now
    Use Tech to Evaluate Hayfields Now
    Oct 19, 2018 | Answer Tech
    Once the last hayfield has been cleared, it’s time to start planning for next year’s alfalfa crop. Use these postharvest tips and take advantage of ag technology to help you accomplish this important end-of-season task.  Identify trends The R7® Field...
    Adjuvant Research That Proves Itself in the Tank
    Adjuvant Research That Proves Itself in the Tank
    Oct 18, 2018 | Answer Plot
    Every spring, you probably make a significant investment in crop protection products. But are they performing as well as they could be? Adding a quality adjuvant to your tank mix can help more product reach its target and be more effective once it gets there.  Finding ans
    Manage for More Yield on Non-Rotational Acres
    Manage for More Yield on Non-Rotational Acres
    Oct 18, 2018 | Answer Plot
    The advantages of crop rotation have been well documented over the years. But market conditions and on-farm needs are pushing more farmers to skip rotations and opt for continuously cropped acres instead. If you’re one of those farmers, here are some considerations to...
    Record Solid Data to Make Sound Nutrient Decisions
    Record Solid Data to Make Sound Nutrient Decisions
    Oct 15, 2018 | Answer Tech
    Are you evaluating the benefits of a late-season nutrient application? Work with your local trusted advisor to use the R7® Field Forecasting Tool to determine if this decision makes sense for your fields.  Take a look…backwards It’s true that the R7...
    4 Steps to Make the Most of Zone Soil Sampling
    4 Steps to Make the Most of Zone Soil Sampling
    Oct 01, 2018 | Answer Tech
    If you want to increase your opportunity to maintain a profitable farming operation, you need to obtain information efficiently and cost effectively so you can make smarter decisions. Zone soil sampling is one way to get base measurements to assess your soil’s health and...
    Save Time and Effort When Gathering Yield Data
    Save Time and Effort When Gathering Yield Data
    Sep 21, 2018 | Answer Tech
    Do you take time at the end of the season to download, save and catalogue yield data from your combine? The rewards you’ll reap from retrieving this valuable information will be well worth the time and effort. Here are some tips to make gathering and using your yield...
    Using Tech to Battle Fall Armyworm in Uganda
    Using Tech to Battle Fall Armyworm in Uganda
    Sep 11, 2018 | Answer Tech
    According to the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), fall armyworm was first confirmed on the African continent in 2016. Fall armyworm can feed on 80 different crop species, including corn, a food staple in Africa. This pest has been found in more than...
    Tap Into Tech for Silage Harvest
    Tap Into Tech for Silage Harvest
    Sep 10, 2018 | 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...
    Cotton Farmers Weave Tech Into Their Operations
    Cotton Farmers Weave Tech Into Their Operations
    Sep 05, 2018 | Answer Tech
    A number of farmers are seeding their cotton crops more efficiently, targeting applications more precisely and gauging plant growth more effectively with ag technology. Here are some of the ways you can leverage tech to help optimize your cotton crop.  Variable-rate...
    Seven Years of Data-Backed Decisions
    Seven Years of Data-Backed Decisions
    Aug 28, 2018 | Answer Tech
    Since its introduction in 2011, the R7® Tool has evolved from a means of broadcasting Answer Plot® data to a wide audience and helping farmers make seed purchasing decisions into an industry-leading decision ag solution. Here’s a brief look at the tool’s...
    Making Rural Connectivity a Reality
    Making Rural Connectivity a Reality
    Aug 23, 2018 | Answer Tech
    If you live in a rural area, you know exactly the dip in the road where you’re going to lose your cell phone signal. Finding stable cellular connections in rural America can be challenging and dropped calls are always frustrating.   Because of this, many of the...
    Ag Tech Soars in St. Louis
    Ag Tech Soars in St. Louis
    Aug 22, 2018 | Answer Tech
    The InfoAg Conference, a trade show featuring the latest in precision ag technology, was held last month in St. Louis. According to the InfoAg website, 1,222 people attended the event, and WinField United was one of the 110 exhibitors on hand to demonstrate products and answer...
    Drones Navigate the Wild Blue Yonder
    Drones Navigate the Wild Blue Yonder
    Aug 07, 2018 | Answer Tech
    American Robotics, a drone developer specializing in agricultural automation, is supplying the drones for a trial taking place now through August 10 that will demonstrate how drones can be used practically on the farm. The company is partnering with Mid Kansas Cooperative (MKC...
    7 Ways to Turn Data Into a Prescription
    7 Ways to Turn Data Into a Prescription
    Jul 13, 2018 | Answer Tech
    Effective in-season management of inputs like nutrients and crop protection products can help you promote crop health, foster sustainability, and achieve optimal ROI and yield potential at harvest.   The R7® Tool uses data from nearly 200 Answer Plot® locations...
    Calibrate Your Nutrient Management
    Calibrate Your Nutrient Management
    Jul 13, 2018 | Answer Tech
    Have you ever received results of an early-season tissue test that indicated your corn was low on nitrogen? If so, did you wonder if it was because you didn’t apply enough or because the plant roots weren’t big enough to take up the nitrogen that you applied...
    Get More From Tissue Sampling With Tech
    Get More From Tissue Sampling With Tech
    Jun 14, 2018 | Answer Tech
    You’re probably using many forms of technology to help grow your business, but with innovative thinking, you may be able to apply that technology in new ways on your farm. The process of tissue sampling, for example, has typically been fairly low tech. But there are...
    Turn Response to Fungicide Data Into ROI
    Turn Response to Fungicide Data Into ROI
    Jun 13, 2018 | Answer Tech
    Do response-to scores factor into your choices for corn seed? Let’s take a close look at how WinField United determines a hybrid’s response-to-fungicide (RTF) score and how you can pair that valuable data with in-season tech tools to optimize your ROI potential...
    AkerScout™ Update Adds Functionality
    AkerScout™ Update Adds Functionality
    Jun 12, 2018 | Answer Tech
    Farmers have a lot to think about each season, so it’s important to find tools that help them stay on top of various field duties. AkerScout™ is a free, easy-to-use crop scouting app that was introduced last year. The app has now been updated, with new versions for...
    Monitor Fields to Track Trends
    Monitor Fields to Track Trends
    Jun 05, 2018 | 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...
    Your In-Season Tech Tool Timetable
    Your In-Season Tech Tool Timetable
    May 30, 2018 | Answer Tech
    After thinking that spring would never arrive, all of a sudden — it did. From now until harvest is complete, your time will be taken up with managing every aspect of your operation with little downtime.   We’d like to offer you a ray of hope. Technology can...
    WinField United Tech Updates in the Works
    WinField United Tech Updates in the Works
    May 24, 2018 | Answer Tech
    Updates to the R7® Tool are now in place to make it easier for you and your agronomist to monitor in-season challenges and make creating management zones more robust. Also, keep an eye out for updates to the Answer Tech® website later this summer. Here’s a list...
    Trusting Technology for Nutrient Applications: One Farmer’s Story
    Trusting Technology for Nutrient Applications: One Farmer’s Story
    May 18, 2018 | Answer Tech
    Last season, a number of farmers tested the new R7® Field Forecasting Tool, which uses historical weather data, field information and tissue sampling results to help determine optimal timing and rates for nutrient applications.   Recently, I spoke with Leigh Barry...
    Use Tech to Amp Up Alfalfa Production
    Use Tech to Amp Up Alfalfa Production
    May 10, 2018 | Answer Tech
    We often hear about technology being used to optimize corn and soybean crops. But how can a highly specialized crop like alfalfa best leverage tech throughout the growing season?   Here are some ways to use technology tools to help optimize your alfalfa crop this year. ...
    Use the R7 Tool to Guide Fertilizer Recommendations
    Use the R7 Tool to Guide Fertilizer Recommendations
    May 09, 2018 | Answer Tech
    As you know, trends in nutrient status can change year-to-year based on crop, soil type, region and weather patterns. The NutriSolutions® icon within the R7® Tool lets you pull historical tissue sample results for your farmers to help establish trends to guide...
    RRXtend Spray App Review
    RRXtend Spray App Review
    May 04, 2018 | Answer Tech
    The RRXtend Spray App, available on the Apple App Store® and Google Play®, aims to help farmers and applicators successfully apply XtendiMax® herbicide with VaporGrip® Technology. It divides information into three sections: Forecast, Record Keeping and...
    Fire Up the Silo!
    Fire Up the Silo!
    May 03, 2018 | Answer Tech
    Are you helping farmers make sense of all the information they are accumulating from their fields? Answer Tech Data Silo™ provides a secure way to easily store farmer data and synchronize it across the suite of ag technology tools you use with your customers.  ...
    Use In-Season Tools to Illuminate Opportunities
    Use In-Season Tools to Illuminate Opportunities
    Apr 26, 2018 | 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...
    Do Your Plants Need Groceries?
    Do Your Plants Need Groceries?
    Apr 23, 2018 | Answer Tech
    I recently heard an agronomist discussing high plant populations with a group of farmers. During the conversation he said that crops need “extra groceries” to match an increase in plant population. It was an interesting analogy and reminder that adequate plant...
    FieldReveal Uncovers the Real Story
    FieldReveal Uncovers the Real Story
    Apr 05, 2018 | Answer Tech
    With multiple precision ag tools in the marketplace, you need to find the one that can equip you and your trusted advisor with the data you need to make your inputs work harder and help your fields thrive.  FieldReveal is a user-friendly, complete precision farming and...
    Use Response-to Scores to Shape Variable-Rate RXs
    Use Response-to Scores to Shape Variable-Rate RXs
    Mar 30, 2018 | Answer Tech
    Are you and your trusted advisor starting to create variable-rate prescriptions for the hybrids you purchased to plant this spring? Use scores from the Answer Plot® program to determine your hybrids’ response to population, response to nitrogen and response to...
    The Tech Behind the Data
    The Tech Behind the Data
    Mar 20, 2018 | Answer Tech
    The Answer Plot® program generates thousands of data points each season. It wouldn’t be possible to collect, analyze and make recommendations based on this data without the use of state-of-the-art technology.   Technology helps us connect dots We often...
    Use Variable-Rate Practices to Optimize Input Efficiency
    Use Variable-Rate Practices to Optimize Input Efficiency
    Mar 12, 2018 | Answer Tech
    Variable-rate planting and applications can help you allocate your in-field investments more precisely and place inputs where they will be most effective. Here are some tips on creating variable-rate prescriptions to use this season.  1. Consult your trusted advisor...
    Tomorrow's Coffee Shop
    Tomorrow's Coffee Shop
    Feb 27, 2018 | Answer Tech
    Visit any small town in rural America and you’ll likely find groups of farmers sitting around chatting in convenience stores, ag retail offices and restaurants. For years they have gathered to discuss the markets and local happenings, and to share stories of success on...
    Tech Keeps You and Your Customers Competitive
    Tech Keeps You and Your Customers Competitive
    Feb 22, 2018 | Answer Tech
    Not surprisingly, adoption of ag technology is on the upswing. At WinField United, we’re seeing more farmers using technology in the field and seeking out new technologies that will help them with in-season decision-making. We’re also noticing that capabilities...
    Continue Adopting Tech in 2018
    Continue Adopting Tech in 2018
    Feb 22, 2018 | Answer Tech
    As you prepare for the 2018 growing season, be sure to stay current with the latest ag technology that can help you make more informed in-season decisions. Having the capability and the flexibility to quickly alter your management plan as the situation warrants will provide...
    What Can a Digital Twin Do for You?
    What Can a Digital Twin Do for You?
    Feb 20, 2018 | Answer Tech
    Anything that’s mechanical breaks down at some point. Take your vehicle, for example. Doesn’t it seem like when one thing breaks, a chain reaction of service appointments follow? It’s as if the bearings, bushings and spindles that comprise the machine are...

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