Retailers and farmers now have new data to help get the best return from on-farm investments. Results from the 2016 Answer Plot Program by WinField United provide four key insights for the 2017 growing season.

Key learnings from 2016 trials include:

  1. Belowground traits beat corn rootworm. In fields at risk of corn rootworm infestations, farmers should consider planting hybrids with belowground traits to provide consistent protection instead of insecticide applications. Answer Plot data demonstrates that Genuity SmartStax hybrids deliver a consistent yield advantage compared to hybrids without belowground traits.
  2. Expect results from fungicides. Fungicide applications are worth the cost, even with low commodity prices. Answer Plot data for 2016 shows a strong yield response to fungicides in both corn and soybeans. Across all locations, an 88 percent positive response rate was observed in corn and a 92 percent positive response rate was observed in soybeans.
  3. Split N for higher yield potential. Applying nitrogen when plants need it most helps farmers save on the financial and environmental costs of nitrogen loss. Answer Plot 2016 data shows side-dress nitrogen applications at V4 and treatments with a Y-Drop applicator at V10 led to significant yield advantages over base rate.
  4. The right seed yields results. During 2016 Answer Plot trials, we used applied science to analyze and compare statistical data between several different seeds. From soil type and disease risk to crop rotation and response to nutrient applications, farmers should be sure that the seeds they plant can meet the challenges of the new season.

Ongoing Program Provides In-Field Benefits. The Answer Plot Program continues to lead the industry with unrivaled research and demonstration programs. In its 19th year, the program features Answer Plot trials conducted at nearly 200 locations across 30 states and in five countries, and produces more than 6 million data points at local, regional and national levels.

To learn more about the Answer Plot Program, including agronomic insights and information on events in your local area, go to answerplot.com.