Seed population and planting system important
Clay Mitchell, managing director of Fall Line Farms and a notable on-farm researcher in Iowa, says that varying seed populations and changing seed selection based on soil and water availability are aspects of precision agriculture that should be considered.
Being able to change between a couple hybrids planted as the planter goes across a field will earn payback, too. This requires equipment company technology and seed company data to have information about how different hybrids perform differently based on soil type, water availability and time to maturity.
Mitchell provided technical slides from his own research about various aspects of precision farming during the National Alliance of Independent Crop Consultants’ Precision Ag Conference in Des Moines, Iowa.