Follow these pre-season tips to make sure you’re field ready for whatever comes your way this year.
- Prepare for field-specific needs
A detailed agronomy plan should get right down to the specifics of each field. Seed (including trait system information), seed treatments, fertilizer, weed control, disease and insect management all need to be accounted for on a field-by-field basis. This includes ordering enough seed and products for spring planting and seeding and having a plan for any additional requirements for pest control pressures that could arise.
Field-specific planning also includes making accommodations for soil types, noting problem areas of each field (like wet spots or herbicide-resistant weeds) and accessibility. Flagging or signing each field to mark trait systems will serve as handy reminders for all operators entering the field.
- Write it down
Commit a plan to paper (or electronic document). Writing out a plan will help put it into motion and make it easy to share with those who need to provide support, like a retailer, seed sales representative, agronomist or employees.
- Make a plan B
Don’t leave anything to chance, make a backup plan. Recent challenges with supply chain and product access may continue, so it’s best to confirm and secure crop protection products with your retailer as early as possible. At the same time, you should discuss options if your preferred products aren’t available or supply is expected to be limited. Being prepared with a plan B makes for a more robust plan and flexibility for any unexpected challenges.
A backup plan could also be as simple as having products on hand that are flexible with their application window to help compensate for weather disruptions. For example, if a pre-emerge herbicide is planned for a select field, having a product on hand that can also be applied early post-emergence could reduce in-season stress.
- Share your plan
Consult your trusted crop advisor and retailer to confirm your plans. Sharing the details can help troubleshoot and identify any risks associated with your planting, seeding and crop protection approach this year.