Tip •  2024-02-16

How to plan for 2024

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Seed and crop protection products are two of the largest investments crop farmers make each year. Protecting those investments and helping them pay off in return requires a plan for success.

Match seed with crop protection decisions

Farmers have already made important seed decisions, the next step is to protect and help the seed realize its full genetic potential.

Start by creating a detailed agronomy plan that accounts for the specific needs of each field, including:

  • seed traits
  • seed treatments
  • fertilizer
  • weed control
  • disease control
  • pest management
  • biologicals

Carefully read and review product labels, noting if or how products impact seed traits. This is especially important for farmers switching to new trait systems, like Enlist E3™ soybeans.

Learn from last year

Review last year’s agronomy plan, final yield results and any notes made throughout the growing season. Farmers should ask themselves some key questions, like:

  • Were there any problem weeds that need to be considered in this year’s plan?
  • What lessons can be applied to the new growing season?
  • How did products perform?
  • Is there room for improvement?

Make a plan

Consult a trusted crop advisor or retailer for help in developing a plan. Ask questions about pairing the right seed and herbicide, find out what other farmers are experiencing and tips to maximize product performance.

Working with an advisor can also help troubleshoot problems before they arise throughout the growing season. Consider ‘what if’ situations, like disease outbreaks or pest infestations, the emergence of herbicide resistant weed species or weather disruptions that could impact product application windows. Be aware of, and record options within the plan for managing any situation that may require a timely decision today to reduce possible in-season pressure.

Commit to a plan

Writing out a plan will help put it into motion. An agronomy plan can be flexible, accounting for changes throughout the growing season, but starting with a basic, well-informed plan can protect key seed and product investments and pay off throughout the year in reduced stress, informed decision making and higher yields. Be sure to share the plan with everyone who provides support, like a retailer, seed sales representative, agronomist and staff.

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