The companies announced the introduction of the Wheat Insight System, an innovative way for wheat growers to purchase and plant wheat seed to optimize yield and profit potential. The system calculates how many seeds are in a pound, a number that can vary because of differences in size and density, and uses that information to create an Optimal Seeding Rate recommendation that takes into account seed size and density, geography, planting date and production practices.
The system can process a small sample of seeds in about one minute, and the Optimal Seed Rate is provided to the grower in a printout or by email at no cost to the grower. The insights enable the grower to plant wheat based on the exact number of seeds per acre, which is much more precise and potentially more productive.
“WestBred Wheat wants to enhance the way seed is planted and sold,” said John Fietsam, Wheat Technical Product Lead for Monsanto, during the press conference. “Today, many wheat growers plant seed by the pound. But that doesn’t mean it’s accurate or what’s best when it comes to maximizing yields in today’s challenging economic environment.”
Listen to the entire press conference here:
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