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Technology Ramps Up Field Diagnostics

July 25, 2014
By: Pam Fretwell, Farm Journal Media Multimedia; Farm Journal Special Projects Editor google + 
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One of the most popular parts of Farm Journals Corn College in Heyworth, Illinois is the hands on "In the Field Diagnostics" breakout session.

This year farmers learned how to use NDVI maps and gps on Ipads to help locate different locations in a corn field and diagnois what "problems" were occurring at that location.

Watch the full Corn College Field Diagnostics series with Bill Bauer on the Corn College channel.

Each location had "good zones" and "poor zones" where participants were asked to go through these 6 steps when diagnosing crop condition.

1. Do a visual inspection(plant development, uniformity)
2. What does the stand look like ( population, stand and ear count)
3. Root development and soil density layers
4. Soil assessment- (compaction, slope, soil health residue)
5. Dissect the plants ( stalks and leaves)
6. Collect samples and analyze(soil test, tissue test, nitrate)

Bill Bauer of B&M Crop Consulting joins us in the field to talk about how to diagnose different situations.

Thank you to the 2014 Corn College sponsors:

AgriGold, BASF, Chevrolet, Cover Crop Solutions, FMC, Great Plains Mfg., Precision Planting, SFP, Top Third, Yetter Mfg.

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