Pioneer hires ATMs for farmer research
"Pioneer is further expanding its agronomy research effort," Clausen says. "Environmental conditions change so much from location to location that we need a strong local presence. Soil conditions, moisture, organic matter, disease pressure and even seed treatment needs change as the geography changes. We're getting a better idea of how improved understanding of these issues can help our customers."
ATMs will help growers see how a particular product performs in the local growing environment under a variety of management practices. Growers can then decide if a specific practice or technology is applicable for them. ATMs not only will provide timely information during the growing season, but also will compile the data for use in a multi-location, multi-year database. By conducting trials with very specific goals, reliable data collected year after year will allow for continued improvement of agronomic practices by region.
"Having local knowledge is the key to providing information that will allow the grower to make product and management decisions to increase their profitability," Clausen says. "ATMs are local experts, and providing real value to the grower is their main priority."
For more information on agronomic resources from Pioneer, visit www.pioneer.com/agronomy.