Harvest 2015 Wrap Up Part 1
November 5, 2015
After a wet start to planting this year, the season is just about wrapping up. Farmers in most of the Corn Belt are finishing up harvest and are planning for spring planting. Some questions such as “When do I need to apply my nitrogen?” “How much nitrogen do I need to apply?” and “What factors had an impact on my yield?” are already on the minds of farmers. In our “Harvest 2015 Wrap Up” series, we’ll provide some stories of farmers who experienced some issues during the past season, and how they are using data and digital agriculture to fix those issues. We’ll also explore the learning experiences they can apply for seasons to come.
But let’s backtrack a little bit here to the end of the 2014 harvest season. After a short break, you start thinking of the 2015 planting season. Based off of past data you’ve collected and the results you’ve experienced, you know how much nitrogen you need to apply prior to planting and what seed products work well in your field. As the Spring of 2015 approaches, your preparations are now becoming your plan of action. Once June comes around, the Corn Belt experiences heavy rains. After a couple weeks go by the rain just doesn’t seem to let up and you have a feeling that nitrogen loss in the soil is significant. It can be difficult to know how much supplemental nitrogen to add; nitrogen isn’t cheap, and it’s difficult to get across all the acres in a timely manner. Over applying nitrogen wastes resources and money, while under applying could result in a lower yield.
“The Nitrogen Advisor is accurate — there are places I did tests with upwards of 300lbs of nitrogen and it’s giving me alerts that it’s short on nitrogen. And it’s right!”
– Indiana Farmer
That’s where the Climate FieldViewTM family of products came in handy for so many farmers this past season.
Check back next week for part 2 in our series where we highlight an Iowa farmer who used Climate FieldView Nitrogen Advisor to ensure he was going to be applying the proper amount of inputs on his field.