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The precision ag agronomist
Agronomist: Kari Salverson, Angel Crop Consulting
For Masteller, it was important his agronomist, Kari Salverson of Angel Crop Consulting, be a part of the puzzle. As an independent consultant, she works closely with Masteller to provide unbiased recommendations.
“Precision ag technology can provide tons of information, and I can add an agronomic perspective,” says Salverson. “As Will's agronomist, during the growing season, I assist in providing information to help him raise the best crop possible. I have worked with his farm for several years so when harvest rolls around, we can combine all the information to form tangible results, which he can then use to make management decisions.”
Her role in the first year of the project was to observe and offer input.
“During corn emergence, I felt his crops emerged more uniformly,” she says. “His corn stand counts improved 11% and plant spacing was more accurate. Overall, he was more efficient and reduced competition among plants.”
Another area that saw improvement was herbicide application.
“There was less overlap in his herbicide application, which means he's being more accurate with where that herbicide is being placed and putting it where it's most needed,” she says.
In 2011, she will help formulate and fine-tune Masteller's plan based on results he saw in 2010 with his precision ag tools.