“Know before you go”—it’s a phrase that is as valuable as it is concise in its offering of insights that tell a field’s story all season long. It’s the Taranis spoiler-alert for yield monitor numbers and the peace-of-mind farmers can rely on to make information-based management decisions.
This is one farmer’s early-season recognition of the value Taranis insights deliver to both him and his trusted retail partner to make timely management decisions.
There are approximately 250,000 species of plants worldwide; of those, about 3% or 8,000 species behave as weeds…if weeds were left untreated, it is estimated that soybean production would fall by more than half, and our U.S. corn yield would dwindle by two-thirds. Weeds, more importantly, the control of weeds, is an important consideration in any farm management plan, and a line-item all their own in a budget.
A weed is defined as a “plant out of place” or a “plant growing where it is not wanted.” One of the yield thieves of the growing season, these out of place plants grow right along with a cash crop, competing for light, water, and nutrients. The longer they are allowed to compete, the harder to kill they become. Mature weeds are also adept competitors and cause the greatest yield losses.
Farmers and retailers take into consideration weed species composition, weed density, and the time of weed emergence in relation to the crop plant germination and growth stage. These factors are used to establish a critical period of weed control (CPWC) and are paramount in making the “what-when-where” application decision.
This particular grower had expressed interest in skipping or delaying herbicide application, as our Customer Success Manager, Katie Staton, shares.
“The early Taranis flight, at the beginning of the growing season, showed this grower that a very large portion of his field was covered with a density of weeds that would cause competition. The grower typically only does one pass to cut costs, but we were able to show him how bad the situation was and exactly where it was,” Staton said, noting that both the retailer and the grower were able to see benefit from the insights.
When you sit down with the links in the crop season value chain to learn what worked and what didn’t, you can’t help but gain insight into management opportunities for the next growing season. That’s the goal of every Taranis retailer-farmer relationship and exactly what was highlighted in a recent CropLife hosted webinar.
With 30 years of experience helping growers find the solutions that work for them, Wilbur-Ellis Sales Agronomist, Paul Skiles, has seen his share of challenging growing seasons and done his part to put technologies and opportunities in the hands of growers when they need them most.
“I’ve been with Wilbur-Ellis for a little over three years now, and what drew me to the position was the amount of high-level service we provide across field-level activities,” Skiles shares. “That’s what excites me; I just want to be in the field with the grower, working to help make better decisions that increase yield and profitability.”
With more than 7,000 growers in five states, Landus Cooperative is leveraging the insights Taranis’ AcreForward Intelligence delivers to provide proactive solutions on a growing number of acres.
In the early summer of 2021, Landus signed up the first 200 acres that would benefit from Taranis AcreForward insights. By the end of the growing season, the stand count, disease and insect identification, and other insights had made that customer a Taranis believer. Landus launched #Grow23 with more than 50,000 acres enrolled with Taranis.