Taking a Systems Approach
Establishing Accurate Farm Zones
Fine-Tuning Management Zones
Mastering the Drainage Connection
Varying Planting Populations
Selecting the Right Hybrids
Adjusting Nitrogen Inputs
Calibrating Your Yield Monitor
Avoiding Common Pitfalls
Tackling Weak Links
Harnessing the Power of Sensors
Safeguarding Your Data
Case Study: Scattered Acres Farm
Case Study: Joe Sullivan
Evaluating Investment Returns
In this segment, Bauer demonstrates how population interacts with nitrogen management. He warns that when the grower goes to variable rate populations without properly adjusting the nitrogen along with those rates, then you could be going backwards and hurt your yields.
Farmers can also use NDVI maps and GPS on iPads to help locate different locations in a corn field and diagnose what problems are occurring at that location.
Farmers should 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)
Watch the full Corn College Field Diagnostics series with Bill Bauer on the Corn College channel.