High crop production translates to a healthier return on investment for growers, and it’s crucial in today’s economy that growers make smart decisions throughout the entire process in order to achieve the highest potential yield and ensure a better profit for their operation.
Here are four things growers can do to help manage their crop production and ensure the best results.
1. Smart Seed Selection
There are a number of factors to be considered when selecting a seed variety. Selecting a seed variety that’s well suited to your geography enables the crop to move through its lifecycle efficiently in a way that best matches its environment. Selecting the correct maturity group allows the crop to take full advantage of the growing season in your area and helps maximize your yield potential. Read more on seed selection considerations for soybeans and corn.
2. Impactful Fertility Decisions
It’s important for growers to make sure they are getting the best use of the nutrients in their soil and in their fertilizer. Choosing a fertilizer that ensures nutrient uptake and retention can help growers maximize the genetic potential of a seed to ultimately achieve higher yields. Learn more from Dr. Fred Below from the University of Illinois on the importance of crop fertility.
3. Effective Weed Control
Weed management is the ultimate game of offense in agriculture. It’s important for growers to implement a diversified weed management program in order to minimize additional weed biotypes becoming resistant to herbicides. Growers can help better manage and control the spread of weeds by using a systems approach, including applying overlapping residual herbicides and properly utilizing the new trait and herbicide technologies as part of their effective weed management plan.
4. Using the Most Effective Adjuvants to increase Herbicide Efficacy
As the herbicide landscape changes, adjuvants also need to change to stay effective. During this time, retailers, applicators and growers are being challenged with deciding which adjuvants best fit their specific requirements, so they can develop the most effective crop protection strategies.
For example, when growers begin using the new herbicide technologies to combat resistant weeds, there are additional requirements to effectively use these products. These new technologies may not be compatible with adjuvants that contain ammonium sulfate. This, coupled with stringent requirements for better drift reduction and on-target application are changing the adjuvant landscape. West Central recently released the Elite Adjuvants as a solution for retailers, applicators and growers. The Elite Adjuvants contain water conditioners without any ammonium sulfate, and do not affect the pH of the herbicide solution. This makes them a great solution to be used with the new technologies as well as with conventional herbicides.
In this video from our LIFT Summit, Joe Sandbrink with West Central Distribution shares advice on how growers can ensure more effective crop production and achieve the best possible return on their investment in today’s economy.
I know it’s been tough, but the prices seem to be rebounding a little bit. I mean getting maximum production on an acre is obviously important, and controlling weeds is part of that system. Whether it’s fertility improvements, weed control or selecting the right variety or hybrid that fits your acre is very key. Getting that return on investment, and one of the key things in crop production is controlling weeds, and so that’s why I think these new technologies as well as using the right adjuvants to steward those new technologies and making sure you don’t drift on your neighbor, those are going to be really important things.