When Planting, Dot I's and Cross T's

May 5, 2017 09:58 AM
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As more fields dry out from last week’s deluge and more planters roll across Midwestern fields, it’s time to revisit your mental planting checklist, according to Lance Tarochione, technical agronomist with Dekalb and Asgrow. And keep in mind that with new technologies come added challenges, he points out.

That includes new input options, variable-rate planting and even multi-hybrid planting in some fields, he notes.

“We manage a lot more things than we used to, so it takes a little extra planning,” Tarochione says.

Dicamba-resistant crops also present a new set of opportunities and challenges, he says.

“Dealing with resistant and tough-to-control weeds has become a big deal, and the complexity of weed control programs has increased,” Tarochione says.

As more farmers get on board with creating and implementing precision planting scripts, Tarochione notes that any so-called “planting checklist” really needs to begin at harvest. That’s because the data needed for a usable script is quality yield data collected during harvest.

“Getting good yield data opens up a lot of opportunities for the next season,” he says.

Tarochione also recommends thinking about the following factors before and during planting:

  • Determining the proper preplant burndown program
  • Training to use new inputs such as Monsanto’s XtendiMax herbicide with VaporGrip Technology for Asgrow Roundup Ready 2 Xtend soybeans
  • Proper product placement
  • Proper plant populations
  • Fertility management strategy
  • Seed treatment selection
  • Planter setup for proper seed depth and placement

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