Recommendations That Fit Your Farm
We’re right in the heart of fall application season, and we’ve observed some interesting trends. We’re seeing a move from applying all the nutrients for two years to more growers fertilizing every acre every year, for reasons of cash flow, landlord arrangements or both. No matter how you want to approach it, we can tailor our variable rate fertilizer recommendations to your situation.
The University of Illinois came out with new phosphorus and potassium removal rates for both corn and beans in August. The new rates are a little lower than the rates we have used for the past 30 years, but I would caution growers that if they are going to use the new removal numbers then they need to fertilize for the actual bushels removed, otherwise we will see fertility rates begin to slide.
We’re also working with actual machine-derived yield data more extensively to calculate removal rates. This helps determine exactly how much we need to replace to support your target yield for the coming production year. In the past trying to retrieve cards and thumb drives has made this a somewhat cumbersome task. With more options of storing data on the cloud, getting that data to us has become much easier. The Climate FieldView™ program is one way to seamlessly transfer data to us. Their latest product, FieldView Drive™, is particularly useful for producers who don’t have the Precision Planting yield monitor. It pulls planting and harvest data directly from the CAN bus on either Case or John Deere combines and transmits it directly to your FieldView account on the cloud via your iPad data plan. We also can connect seamlessly with your MyJohnDeere account. Whether you have a John Deere modem in your machine, or simply upload your yield data to your MyJohnDeere account every couple of days, we can also get that data to stream in to your United Prairie mapping account without having to retrieve any cards or thumb drives.
No matter how you’re handling your data, I recommend saving a copy of your original yield data from your machine on your computer every year. It provides a starting point to work from no matter what software you decide to use in the future. I too often talk to growers that have imported all of their yield data into a program but have no way to actually retrieve any of it because the program won’t export the data back out in a usable format.
If you have questions about any of these topics, please give us a call we will be glad to help you out with it.