The planting of the U.S. corn crop was 91% complete as of Sunday, June 2, below the five-year average of 95% for that time of year, according to a recent report by the USDA. The soybean crop was 57% planted, behind the average of 74% for that time of year. And there were 8.55 million acres of corn still unplanted.
So what does that mean for farmers across the Midwest? Either plant in soggy ground, replant in muddy fields or collect crop insurance.
Ag Leader’s Mike Olson, sales manager, says in tough seasons like this, using precision ag technology can really be a benefit.[wpaudio url=”http://agwired.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/AgLeaderOlson1.mp3″ text=”Listen to Olson explain”]
Olson also notes that because of the rainy season, there is de-nitrification in the ground. That’s when OptRX crop sensors can help read the crop vigor to help growers apply Nitrogen when they side-dress. And, the Hydraulic Down Force system was invaluable this season to maintain proper planting depth.[wpaudio url=”http://agwired.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/AgLeaderOlson2.mp3″ text=”Listen to Olson explain”]
Growers can still implement crop sensor technology during the 2013 growing season, save their crop and benefit from the technology when it comes to increased yields. Olson says trials have shown a $25 per acre increase in profit by using more Nitrogen.[wpaudio url=”http://agwired.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/AgLeaderOlson3.mp3″ text=”Listen to Olson explain”]
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