Keep these tips in mind this winter to make 2019 your strongest season yet.
While the 2018 harvest might be done, the last thing ag professionals across the industry will be doing is sitting back and kicking their boots up. Now is the perfect time to gather your team of trusted advisors and focus on making smart agronomic decisions for the 2019 season, and it all starts with one of the most critical secrets to success: Making a plan. Here are a few tips from the pros on how to build a strong plan for 2019.
What works for a soybean grower in Minnesota might not work for a grower across the country, or even across the state. Planning local means using area resources and data specific to your operation to inform your 2019 input decisions. You can also leverage your local extension agronomist who can provide helpful, localized data, and offer context and insight that will make your data and theirs more useful to your operation.
AJ Woodyard, BASF Technical Marketing Agronomist, says, “You have to look in your own local area during harvest and identify the things that were big contributors to success on yours, or even neighboring grower operations.” He notes that identifying what made you and other growers successful can help guide which best practices you implement in 2019.
Now is a great time to connect with neighbors, agronomists and extension specialists to learn more about how you can create a customized plan that makes sense for your wallet, your operation and your ZIP code. For example, consult with your local BASF representativel about what problems you had this season and how you can overcome them next season. Another great resource you can count on is xarvio™ – Digital Farming Solutions, which can be used year-round to increase efficiency, optimize crop protection and help you make sound planning decisions year after year.
You can’t predict the future, but you can plan for it. From hailstorms and drought to disease pressure and plant stress, each growing season will come with its own unique challenges. When those challenges arise unexpectedly, it can put stress on you and your bottom line.
Being proactive and planning ahead to use a BASF fungicide with plant health benefits such as Priaxor® Xemium® brand fungicide optimizes disease control to promote plant health. When the biotic (diseases) and abiotic (environmental) stresses are controlled, crops are able to optimize their production and grow more efficiently when a BASF Plant Health fungicide is applied.
Woodyard emphasizes the value of being proactive with your inputs. “The growers who invest in crop inputs — whether it’s Priaxor fungicide, fertility or seed treatments — keep winning regardless of whether we’re in an environment that’s like 2018, where a lot of farmers had a great soybean producing year, or we struggle and the environment doesn’t cooperate.”
Planning ahead for all of your crop protection investments makes it far easier to get — and stay — ahead of weeds, disease and any other tricks the 2019 season may have up its sleeve.
Now is the perfect time of year to take a step back and reflect on the growing season. Undoubtedly, there were some things that worked and others that didn’t. When yields aren’t where you want them to be or profits aren’t what they need to be, there is a multitude of factors to consider.
Woodyard encourages growers not to get stuck looking for a silver bullet, or one input, that will solve all their problems. “What growers I’ve worked with have done to be successful is recognize it isn’t the same input that returns the most dollars every year,” he says, “but instead, they’ve said, ‘here are 5–6 practices that year after year put me in a position to maximize yields regardless of environmental conditions.’”
Effectively leveraging your reflections on the 2018 season and leveraging your agronomic consultants to help you identify which inputs may need to change are critical to creating a strong plan for 2019.
To learn more about how you can optimize your inputs and get the most out of every dollar in 2019, visit GrowSmartRewards.com or contact your local BASF tech service rep today.
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