Date: Wed Jul 18, 2018
Time: 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Moderator: Péter Kovács
Technology is rapidly changing agricultural production and producers are faced with an increasing number of options and challenges. Today, multi-hybrid/variety seeding has captured the attention of numerous professionals in production agriculture. With the introduction of multi-hybrid seeding technology, farmers are faced with the challenge of generating hybrid-seeding prescriptions to optimize productivity across the soil landscape. While the technology is available for 30 in. and split-row planters, deployment of this technology at planting time is not void of challenges. For central-fill, split row planters challenges include moving seed from the central fill tanks to the mini hoppers on electric drive seed meters for seed of varying sizes, under varying environmental conditions, and for different seed treatments. One of the primary concerns besides the prescription is the management and changes in logistics related to seed delivery to the planter, fertilizer delivery, and seed characteristics. Several companies have launched analytics platforms to help farmers match plant genetics with local soil and terrain conditions. The cost of retrofitting existing planters with multi-hybrid capabilities ranges between $1,800 and $2,000 per row, and many farmers wonder if they can cash flow this investment. Additionally, evaluating the population extremes of both corn and soybeans with soil landscape continues to raise questions. This presentation reports on the logistics of field investigations conducted to evaluate the management of corn hybrids and soybean varieties within the soil landscape for increased profitability. Additionally, we will discuss and report on a set of field investigations conducted to evaluate the use of remote sensing for developing prescriptions to manage the placement of corn hybrids and soybean varieties within the soil landscape for increased profitability.
Real world implementation of Multi-Hybrid planting technology is great and challenging at the same time. This describes the storyline that I have been going through for the last decade.
In 2016 and 2017, studies were conducted with a multi-hybrid planter in corn and soybeans to determine the potential return on investment by optimizing treatment placements. For corn trials, historical yield and soil texture data were used to identify locations where offensive or defensive hybrids may perform better. Soybean studies observed the impact of non-treated seed versus a seed treatment to combat SDS based on historical yield and georeferenced crop scouting data. Results will summarize the marginal net return of the treatments for both crops over the two growing seasons.