With our short growing seasons north of the 49th, it is very important to get the crop off to a good start. If we can achieve this, we are half way to realizing the crop’s full potential. A short growing season means there is little room for error. It’s a short window to make sure the crop is properly sown, fertilizer is in place and weeds are taken care of. To realize success, we need a good plan.
As the old adage goes, “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail”. Crop planning covers everything from crop and herbicide rotations to fertilizer strategies and resource allocation. A good plan will help with everything from inventory to logistics, resource management and day to day operations. Taking advantage of today’s smart technology, everyone involved in an operation can have access to the latest plans at the touch of a button. Our clients receive detailed crop and fertility plans that are delivered electronically and available through the Crop Records App on any IOS or Android smart phone and tablet.
Long term planning helps keep options open. Proper rotation planning is an important strategy in delaying or preventing pest problems, herbicide resistance and mining of nutrients. Poor rotation planning has both short and long term consequences – whether it be herbicide residues affecting a sensitive crop, weeds developing resistance to specific chemistries or implications affecting soil health. With new herbicide tolerant technologies being introduced, producers will have the option of fitting specific technologies to individual fields. Without a proper plan and record keeping, the potential will be there to apply the wrong product to a field resulting in serious crop injury.
Planning ahead of the season allows the time to develop a sound fertility plan that covers all the bases. First and foremost, the right nutrients will be in place to meet the needs of the current crop. It also allows for the allocation of additional fertilizer where needed, further improving productivity and building for the future. A good plan takes into consideration the suitability of the land to grow specific crops and yields. Are yield targets economically feasible given the soils ability to produce, ownership vs short and long term leases, etc.
Another piece of fertility planning involves logistics and equipment capabilities. Do you target specific blends for each field or can fields with similar requirements be grouped together and blends adjusted to meet more general requirements? Are there specific field conditions that call for different sources of fertilizer such as enhanced efficiency fertilizers that minimize potential losses to the environment?
Antara has over 20 years of experience and first hand knowledge growing crops and helping producers in the Red River Valley. Our clients receive detailed crop and fertility plans that are available electronically on both smart phones and tablets (iOS or Android). Contact Antara today to learn more.
GET THE MOST OUT OF YOUR FIELDS
Partner with Antara Agronomy to start getting more out of your fields. Our Agronomy Benchmarking Service (ABS) includes soil testing, detailed fertility plan and year end results summarized in a comprehensive report. If you have yearly soil test data and accurate production records, we can start today with benchmarking the 2016 crop year and a custom fertility plan for the 2017 season.