Everybody knows that the weather has a direct impact on the success of crop production.
In this LIFT Quick Listen, Dr. Fred Below from the University of Illinois discusses his thoughts on using the systems approach to obtain higher crop yields, and how considering several different factors that impact crop yield can provide a safety net for whatever Mother Nature decides to throw at you:
“If you’re really looking at high yield, what we’ve seen is that the systems approach combines those individual factors that can impact crop yield. If a grower is doing something wrong, one thing can be corrected. But there’s no one single thing that they can do to really bring them to the high yield level. That’s where the systems approach comes in. When you combine factors in a systems approach, they work together as a team to give a greater value than each one would alone. Since the weather has such a big impact on which factor is the most important factor, the system makes sure that you have the weather covered to the best of the grower’s ability.”
Below explains that the “most important factor” to obtaining higher yields is largely dependent on the weather. Certain weather conditions might call for a heavier emphasis on fungicide, while other conditions may require an even stronger focus on fertility.
Whether it’s crop protection, fertility management, plant population or seed hybrid, the systems approach suggests that higher yields come when growers take advantage of and maximize their available options for all of these factors instead of just focusing on a single factor.
We’ve discussed before how there is not just one answer for attaining the best possible outcome in crop production, but by covering all your bases, you give yourself an insurance policy against factors, like weather, that you cannot control.