Monitor Fields to Track Trends

  • Jun 05, 2018
Monitor Fields to Track Trends
Take advantage of technology to understand trends occurring in your fields. The R7® Field Monitoring Tool from WinField United lets you and your agronomist track a crop’s vigor status to determine if a field needs attention. Different-colored pins indicate higher-than-average, average and lower-than-average crop development, providing you with a clear daily indicator of status based on a field’s biomass reading.
 
Here are some ways to use the Field Monitoring Tool with various crops at midseason.
 
Monitor moisture in corn, soybeans, wheat, alfalfa and cotton
In my territory of Oklahoma, Texas and New Mexico, the Field Monitoring Tool shows fields trending up or down mostly due to weather conditions, specifically moisture. Fields with heavier soils that can hold more water will likely trend up. These are the fields you’ll want to invest in, because they provide your best chance for optimal ROI.
 
Evaluate plant growth in cotton
Unlike corn and soybeans, when a cotton field is shown as being highly vigorous on the Field Monitoring Tool, it usually means that plants are getting too big. Cotton plants that are too large can cause problems with harvest efficiency, and can also knock squares and bolls off the plant. These higher-vigor fields may indicate a need for applying a plant growth regulator to moderate growth.
 
Determine input use in wheat
With a monocot like wheat, the Field Monitoring Tool uses a normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI) measurement to evaluate the field. The higher the NDVI, the higher the yield potential. Being able to locate high-NDVI and low-NDVI fields allows you and your agronomist to determine what fields are worth spending money on. If you have a certain amount to spend on fertilizer applications, for example, you’ll want to place them on the higher-trending field for the greater ROI potential. The tool can help you identify which fields are worth taking to grain production and which to graze out with cattle.
 
Look ahead to late-season
The lower the NDVI, the lower the amount of chlorophyll in the plant and the less biomass in the crop as a whole. If you have low-NDVI fields, this means they are drying down faster, so you can determine which ones to begin harvesting, whether it is corn for seed, alfalfa for seed, or cotton for seed and lint.
 
Talk with your trusted local advisor about how the Field Monitoring Tool can help you achieve success all season.