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    Can You Spot a Micronutrient Deficiency?
    Can You Spot a Micronutrient Deficiency?
    Jul 16, 2019 |
    Generally, it’s pretty easy to see when stress has taken a toll on crops. But determining what’s causing unhealthy plants sometimes requires extra detective work. Micronutrient deficiencies, for example, are hard to diagnose based on visual symptoms alone. Here are...
    Randy's Recap- July 12th
    Randy's Recap- July 12th
    Jul 12, 2019 |
    The grain market finished the week very strong with corn breaking  $4.00 cash moving 16 cents higher on the week.  Soybeans moved 36 cents higher and wheat finished up 11 cents.  Most of the market move was opposite of the bearish supply and demand report with...
    Randy's Recap- June 28th
    Randy's Recap- June 28th
    Jun 28, 2019 |
    WOW!!!!   A crazy planted acreage report from USDA to finish the week.   For the week, corn dropped 22 cents, soybeans were off 4 cents, and wheat finished up 11 cents. USDA’s June Crop planted acres numbers came in as follows:  
    Randy's Recap- June 21st
    Randy's Recap- June 21st
    Jun 21, 2019 |
    The planting delays have been unprecedented in the United States this year.   Actual planted acres will be a big question mark going forward.  Crop condition also remains in question as a big portion of the crop was planted late and that could mean further yield...
    June 20th is Fast Approaching..
    June 20th is Fast Approaching..
    Jun 17, 2019 |
    The dicamba deadline is three days away, here are your dicamba tolerant and Liberty Link soybean herbicide options:
    Get Technical About Nitrogen Management
    Get Technical About Nitrogen Management
    Jun 13, 2019 |
    Nitrogen management in corn crops is challenging for a number of reasons, one of which is nitrogen’s chemical properties: When in nitrate form, nitrogen is water-soluble, meaning it moves easily with water. If a field receives moderate to heavy rainfall and an...
    Managing Weeds and Diseases Resulting From Wet Soils
    Managing Weeds and Diseases Resulting From Wet Soils
    Jun 10, 2019 |
    Rain, rain and more rain. That about sums up the 2019 growing season so far in most regions of the country. Wet soils and unstable temperatures are causing two areas of primary concern:
    Calibrate Your Nutrient Management
    Calibrate Your Nutrient Management
    May 23, 2019 |
    Have you ever received results of an early-season tissue test that indicated your corn was low on nitrogen? If so, did you wonder if it was because you didn’t apply enough or because the plant roots weren’t big enough to take up the nitrogen that you applied?
    Zone Soil Sampling Provides Another Layer of Data
    Zone Soil Sampling Provides Another Layer of Data
    May 16, 2019 |
    Variable-rate application is now common practice in agriculture. Farmers are identifying and treating areas of their fields differently based on productivity, targeting input applications to higher-producing areas and potentially reducing them in lower-producing spots. This...
    Understanding Tissue Sampling
    Understanding Tissue Sampling
    May 10, 2019 |
    Plants have nutritional needs in order to grow and be healthy. In order to find out if your plant is getting fed the proper amount of nutrients, plant tissue sampling can help you identify nutrient deficiencies in the crop.
    New Zinc Treatment Available for 2019 Corn Seed
    New Zinc Treatment Available for 2019 Corn Seed
    May 02, 2019 |
    The micronutrient zinc is important to corn plants for a number of reasons. Zinc acts as a catalyst for enzyme creation and is a precursor for auxin hormones that signal seed germination. When early zinc levels are adequate, there is more consistent seed germination and plant...
    Don't Skimp on Zinc
    Don't Skimp on Zinc
    Apr 30, 2019 |
    When it comes to plant nutrition, it seems that N, P and K are often in the limelight. But zinc is an unsung nutrient hero that helps maintain some of a plant’s most important physiological processes. Here are some reasons it’s time to rethink the power of zinc.
    Mitigate Early-Season Plant Stress
    Mitigate Early-Season Plant Stress
    Apr 05, 2019 |
    We're gearing up for another unpredictable growing season. While we never know exactly how things will shake out at this point in the year, good management from day one is key to crop success. Here are four tips to help mitigate early-season plant stress: 
    Your Seed Treatment Options
    Your Seed Treatment Options
    Mar 28, 2019 |
    For most, seed treatments have become standard to get seedlings off to a healthy start. They provide good early-season control, especially when you're planting into cold, wet soil. Which is most guaranteed when you live where we do, especially this year. Using a...
    Are My Crops Hungry?
    Are My Crops Hungry?
    Mar 26, 2019 |
    Your seed has the greatest yield potential the day it is planted. From then on, it takes intensive management to get the most of your genetics. Chances are you have a routine in place for managing crops- fertilizing, pest management, and choosing the right hybrid for your...
    Use Data to Shape Your Nutrient Strategy
    Use Data to Shape Your Nutrient Strategy
    Mar 03, 2019 |
    As you prep for 2019, it’s easy to remember the one part of the field that did really well last season or the other part that wasdisappointing. We tend to look at the outliers because they stand out. But this doesn’t show the whole picture or indicate what you...
    Preparing to Use Dicamba in 2019
    Preparing to Use Dicamba in 2019
    Feb 28, 2019 |
    The recent release of dicamba tolerant soybeans has opened up dicamba use and significantly increased its utilization in the major corn and soybean production regions. Effective, efficient, and on-target application...

Industry News

    Looking to 2020: Updates on the 2019 Answer Plot Program
    Looking to 2020: Updates on the 2019 Answer Plot Program
    Feb 14, 2019 | Answer Plot
    Winter is a busy time for our Answer Plot® teams we plan, count and package trials to for the spring. Each year the Answer Plot program challenge is to anticipate the potential for crop success. We do this as part of our own quality assurance efforts and to help you...
    Plan For This Season’s Biggest Challenges and Opportunities
    Plan For This Season’s Biggest Challenges and Opportunities
    Feb 13, 2019 | Answer Plot
    If there’s one thing farmers can agree on, it’s that managing a farm isn’t easy. It can be hard to process all the information coming at you. You want to make the most profitable decisions, but who has the time to become an expert on every product and...
    Bringing Innovation to Your Farm
    Bringing Innovation to Your Farm
    Feb 12, 2019 | Answer Plot
    Not all WinField United research takes place through the Answer Plot® program. We also find solutions to agronomic challenges in the lab. And we combine the data we collect in-field with the discoveries made by our scientists to create products that help you optimize the...
    Validate Your Seed and Seed Treatment Choices
    Validate Your Seed and Seed Treatment Choices
    Feb 06, 2019 | Answer Plot
    How do you know which seed and seed treatments will offer you the best chances for success? By basing your selections on solid data.   Your local agronomist can help you navigate the data for your region and field characteristics. Here is are some things to look for and...
    3 Tips to Maximize Split-Nitrogen Application Efficiency
    3 Tips to Maximize Split-Nitrogen Application Efficiency
    Feb 05, 2019 | Answer Plot
    Most farmers know that crops benefit from split-fertilizer applications. But logistical challenges may make it difficult for some to switch their fertilization plans from a single- pass to a double-pass program. Here are some tips to help make the switch to a split-nutrient...
    High-Productivity Acres Benefit From Micronutrient Applications
    High-Productivity Acres Benefit From Micronutrient Applications
    Jan 29, 2019 | Answer Plot
    We get that extra inputs are costly, that budgets are tight and that every investment needs to pay off. But you may be missing an opportunity to maximize yield potential if you haven’t considered adding micronutrients to your fertilization program, especially on high...
    Get Technical About Nitrogen Management
    Get Technical About Nitrogen Management
    Jan 28, 2019 | Answer Plot
    Nitrogen management in corn crops is challenging for a number of reasons, one of which is nitrogen’s chemical properties: When in nitrate form, nitrogen is water-soluble, meaning it moves easily with water. If a field receives moderate to heavy rainfall and an...
    Make the Most of Your Fungicide Application
    Make the Most of Your Fungicide Application
    Jan 23, 2019 | Answer Plot
    If I had a crystal ball, I could tell you how heavy disease pressure will be in 2019. But since I can't see into the future, my best advice is to use data and your trusted advisors to determine the best course of action to protect plant health.  Use resources to make...
    Combine Land and Weed Management for 2019 Success
    Combine Land and Weed Management for 2019 Success
    Jan 03, 2019 | Answer Plot
    It’s time to formulate your land management and herbicide programs for 2019. Here’s how combining these strategies can provide optimal weed control without sacrificing sustainability.  Herbicide choices If your 2018 herbicide program adequately controlled...
    2018 Data Spells Success for CROPLAN Corn, Soybeans
    2018 Data Spells Success for CROPLAN Corn, Soybeans
    Dec 21, 2018 | Answer Plot
    In many areas of the country, 2018 was a challenging year for agriculture. Late spring planting, too much or too little rainfall, and a growing season with wide-ranging temperatures caused even more pressure for farmers in a time of economic challenges.   Despite these...
    Dial In to Data Quality
    Dial In to Data Quality
    Dec 17, 2018 | Answer Plot
    Winter is here and it’s time to formulate a farm plan for next season. Take time to review data from 2018 and use it to make decisions for 2019. Here are some ways to help ensure your data is as accurate and information-rich as it can be.  1. Demand data that&rsquo...
    A Winning Option for Spring Wheat
    A Winning Option for Spring Wheat
    Dec 11, 2018 | Answer Plot
    Reliability and stability are key ingredients for wheat seed, particularly if it is grown on variable soils. And having two varieties in one bag — pairing one that has a particular strength with another that has a completely different but complementary one — can...
    Enhance Your Variable-Rate Fertility on Wheat
    Enhance Your Variable-Rate Fertility on Wheat
    Dec 05, 2018 | Answer Plot
    Are you looking to boost the yield and ROI potential of your wheat crop? If so, more intense, targeted nutrient management in areas where it will be most effective could help you push your crop to the next level of bushels per acre and protein content. Here are some tips to...
    Find Ways to Improve Profitability: Attend a Clinic
    Find Ways to Improve Profitability: Attend a Clinic
    Dec 03, 2018 | Answer Plot
    Make room on your calendar this winter for an opportunity to improve your operation’s profitability. WinField United retailers will be hosting more than 3,500 clinics across the country to share agronomic insights to help you get more from your acres, as well as...
    What We Learned From Analyzing 42,000 Tissue Samples in 2018
    What We Learned From Analyzing 42,000 Tissue Samples in 2018
    Nov 28, 2018 | Answer Plot
    Farmers submitted over 42,000 tissue samples for analysis by WinField United teams this year, and the data shows that crops could benefit from fertilization adjustments made in-season.  Nutrient trends and insights Here are some nationwide trends revealed by tissue...