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Making Smart Agronomic Decisions
Farming isn’t getting any easier, and there’s no silver bullet that is going to guarantee a great crop next year that’ll earn you wads of money. Margins are tight, and smart decisions have to be made.
Mike Weber is a principal scientist with Bayer. He says sometimes a producer will reduce costs by cutting an input here-or-there, but plants don’t care about the cost.
"A lot of guys will go to the fertilizer, or whatever it is. But, we have to be careful because we’re trying to feed and take care of that plant for basically 4-1/2, five months of the year. It’s a living organism out there and you want to make sure it’s fed well and done well," says Weber. "So, cutting costs is usually not the way to prosperity, so-to-speak."
Weber’s recommendation is to take an integrated management response and whole-farm approach to pests, weeds – whatever your issue is.
"Cultural practices, either variety selection, row spacing, whatever it may be, along with mechanical. There’s going to be times that mechanical is going to be involved to alleviate maybe a particular pest or to alleviate an issue, and then your chemical side," he says. "So, look at your operation as an integrated approach and not looking for the easy button."
Educate yourself. Know what’s in your fields by getting in the fields, and analyze data over the winter. Take the time to find the latest information from a university, manufacturer, or online to help you make the best decisions for your operation.