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Secrets to the Systems Approach

February 3, 2011
By: Margy Eckelkamp, Director of Content Development, Machinery Pete
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Before you head into another crop season, Farm Journal Associate Field Agronomist Missy Bauer helps you put it all together with the Systems Approach. Tune in for episode 13 of Corn College TV to learn from the field experience of the Farm Journal agronomic team.

 
Reflect on the production year just harvested to continually improve yields and increase profitability.  
 
“The Systems Approach helps put together all the pieces to the production puzzle, including soil testing, fertility, hybrid selection, soil density, and pest management,”
 
Bauer says. “When you truly manage your production with the Systems Approach, you look at the big picture by focusing on all of the components.”
 
Bauer warns to not micromanage just one piece of the Systems Approach pyramid.
 
“Some may focus on one thing really heavy but let other areas slide. If you are too focused on one, something else slips,” she says.
 
One tool to help you take yields to the next level is delegating responsibility.
 
“To make the Systems Approach manageable, delegate to maximize your own strengths. You don’t have to do it on your own. Surround yourself with the ‘good team,’” she says.
 
Then at the end of the year, review your practices. And do self-reviews during the season.
 
“See if there is a anything you need to incorporate with continual or constant improvement,” she says. “Keep finding things in your systems approach that we can fine tune and tweak. That’s how you improve yield and profitability.”
 

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