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Channel Seedsman Alleviates Grower Concerns with Field Check Up Series

May 10, 2013

Featured Seedsman: Tyler Vaughn, Illinois (

Don’t have the time or manpower to monitor all of your growing operations day after day? Are there various areas in your fields that don’t produce as expected year after year? Channel Seedsman, Tyler Vaughn, has some advice to help remedy these issues as he discusses grower concerns and the Field Check Up Series.

Q: What question do customers ask you the most?

A: The most common questions I receive from growers usually deals with product placement. In Fairfield, the soil types and soil quality varies greatly. You can have a good sandy loam top soil in one field and then go not more than a mile or two down the road and be dealing with a more clay based soil profile. So product selection is key for each grower in each of their fiTyVaughn1elds.

Q: Do test plots play a role in your recommendations?

A: Yes, because the data we are able to collect from those plots allow us to give better product recommendations to growers. I have two test plots of my own and have gotten my neighbors started on theirs, more Seedsman are recommending test plots with more growers taking the recommendations from the plot results and putting them to use.

Q: What are the benefits of the Field Check Up Series?

A: One of the most obvious benefits of the Field Check Up Series is the time saving aspect. It can be difficult to get a good scout out on every field and because of that there might be problems that arise and go unnoticed until harvest. And of course by then it is far too late to remedy and the Field Check Up Series can help with that. The grower can rest assured that his/her acreage is being monitored so that if a problem does arise it can be resolved quickly.

Q: What is one piece of advice you make sure to pass on to all of your growers?

A: The biggest piece of advice I make sure growers understand is to not cut costs on seed this year. Last year was a hard, dry year and this year farmers are looking to cut costs in any way they can. It is good to reduce costs in some areas, but I can’t stress how important it is to not do so with their seed selection. The yield potential of their seed is one thing you just don’t want to jeopardize.

To learn more about the Field Check Up Series, contact Tyler Vaughn from Illinois ( or your local Channel Seedsman.

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