Monsanto helping solve the Rubik’s Cube of farming
Third success for the IF team is to chose the right germplasm product (seed) for specific field’s variations. For corn, it is “hybrid match based on a genetics suitability index.” He said, “We run our whole pipeline, all of our hybrids across all the soil variation and analyze data so that we can figure out which hybrids are better matched to each individual field. That is a gigantic database.”
These three determinations by the IF team now leads to specific Field Scripts—right germplasm to the soil variation—but the planter is a key component for yield that until Monsanto purchased Precision Planting had not been addressed. Now, Monsanto is much more than a company only focused on biology. The vice-president said, “We realized that corn planters aren’t planting accurately enough, by and large, to actually deliver all the yield from those (Monsanto) Field Scripts.”
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