Simple evolution to prescription planting
Prescription Farming Today – Variable Rate Seeding
Many growers that have updated to newer planters the past few years have the capabilities to do variable rate seeding. But most are unsure on how to create the “script” for the hybrid and field. With past history of yield maps, fertility tests/maps, and topography/soil information for a field, we now have the opportunity to layer different data points on top one another to create more precise seeding zones.
Recently, LG Seeds parent company, AgReliant Genetics, began to do additional hybrid testing beyond traditional strip tests and randomized research yield trials. Testing includes population trials in high, medium, and low yielding environments along with larger strip tests over multiple soil types and topography changes, allowing for multiple data points across hybrid entries at one location. In the future, this data can be coupled with the grower’s yield history and soil tests to get more accurate seeding rates, in the right locations of the field.
Benefits of the Technology
Strengthening of the bottom line is still important in regards to adopting precision agriculture. Success is measured in increased bushels a lot of times. With precision agriculture we strive for increased bushels, as well as efficiency. Applying the right amount at the right time can stop over application of nutrients, irrigation, or seed, allowing savings on expenses and adding to the bottom line. Just as our computer and smart phone software need to be upgraded over time, so will precision equipment and practices. Each year of data we can collect will allow us to upgrade our prescriptions and recommendations.