FieldScripts planting plan sent 150 farmers
FieldScripts allows the farmer to accurately plant a lower seeding rate in lower-yielding areas of the field, and a higher seeding rate at higher yielding areas of the field, maximizing the yield potential of every seed based on all the data that can be compiled about the soil, previous cropping and fertility.
Robb Fraley, executive vice president and chief technical officer, said insight into how, why and where different hybrids will perform allows FieldScripts to make sense. It is knowing the sequence of all 45,000 genes in a corn plant that is the basis for FieldScripts because “we start to understand why hybrid A will work in one field and why hybrid B will work better in another field.” The information also gives insight into whether to plant 25,000 seed or 45,000 seed and if it should be planted differentially through the different contours of a field.
“With our FieldScripts group, we are looking at 60 technical parameters that really undermine the yield potential of a particular corn seed, and that is what comes together in FieldScripts,” Fraley said.
Monsanto contends, “Many Ground Breakers farmers have been especially pleased by how simple it is to put FieldScripts to work on their farm because it is simpler than it sounds.”