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Every one of us knows that yield varies across the field. One area of the field might yield 200 Bu/Ac, while a neighboring area only yields 120. The difference is caused by variations in the field environment that have a negative effect on productivity. Variable rate planting can help address this issue, but identifying where changes occur in the field and adjusting planting populations accordingly has been a focus at Key Cooperative. Further complicating the situation, each seed product reacts differently to variations in yield environment and population density. With so many unknowns to contend with, most growers simply plant one seeding rate across the field. But this means low-potential areas are overpopulated and high-potential areas are under populated, leaving untapped yield potential in the farmer’s field
By cross-analyzing Monsanto’s database with a your unique information, Monsanto and Key Cooperative are able to identify which seeds best fit your field conditions, develop a map of yield-management zones and write a variable rate prescription specific to the seed that you choose with Key Cooperative Sales Agronomist. By avoiding overpopulation in low-yield potential areas and increasing the population in high-potential areas, FieldScripts® has shown to deliver a 5-10 Bu/Ac advantage, on average, across the field as a whole.
Here’s how to get started:
1. Consultation with your Key Cooperative Sales Agronomist
Consult with their local Key Cooperative FieldScripts® Certified Agronomist to collect field boundaries, yield history and soil test data. Data required: soil tests on 3 acres or less, referenced to a grid, within the past three years; two years of raw yield data that covers 85% of the targeted field.
2. Creating FieldScripts
Your field data is cross-analyzed with Monsanto’s performance-testing database to identify which seeds best fit the field conditions and create a variable rate seeding prescription specific to the recommended products. The FieldScripts are then sent to the KEY Cooperative Certified Agronomist for evaluation and selection with you.
3. Executing FieldScripts
Once a seed has been selected, the Key Cooperative Certified Agronomist transfers your FieldScripts to your iPad® device using the FieldView® Plus application. This application delivers the prescription to a 20/20 SeedSense® monitor, allowing for seamless, variable rate execution as the planter moves across the field.
4. Equipment Standards
Required Equipment for FieldScripts Delivery:
– Precision Planting® 20/20 RowFlow®
– Precision Planting® 20/20 SeedSense®
– iPad® with FieldView® Plus app
Use of Precision Planting® WaveVision® and YieldSense™ Harvest Monitor are highly recommended for seamless data syncing.
Required Annual Planter Checkup to Ensure:
– Seeding accuracy within 500 seeds/ acre of the prescription
– Ability to change seeding rate within 5 linear feet on the row
– Singulation accuracy of 99%, good spacing > 95%, loss of ground contact < 5%
By: Ryan Risdal, Business Development
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