5 Preseason Tips for a Robust Alfalfa Crop
    Jan 29, 2021 | Answer Plot
    CROPLAN® Seed to Yield Reports
    Jan 27, 2021 | Answer Plot
    Real-time, local research and insights from Answer Plot® and Insight Trials to help you decide which seed products should be part of your game plan for the next season Every fall, we are constantly analyzing the local performance of all our seed products so we can make insight...
    The Seven Most Expensive Words in Farming
    Jan 22, 2021 | Answer Plot
    Be Confident In Soil Sampling Results
    Dec 17, 2020 | Answer Plot
    What’s Your Field’s Yield Potential?
    Dec 10, 2020 | Answer Plot
    Making the Case for Water Conditioners
    Dec 02, 2020 | Answer Plot
    4 Tips for Successful Weed Control
    Nov 01, 2020 | Answer Plot
    Spring is just around the corner, and you know that the emergence of troublesome weeds won’t be far behind. If you haven’t done so already, talk with your local trusted advisor about your weed-control strategy for next season. Here are a few tips to keep in mind as you...
    Tie Seed Purchases to ROI Potential
    Oct 21, 2020 | Answer Plot
    3 Insights to Help Assess Your Soil Health
    Oct 16, 2020 | Answer Plot
    As the days get shorter and cooler, your main objectives are probably to get crops harvested and complete any fall tillage or other soil prep before the snow flies. Here’s one more thing to put on that shortlist: preserving the health of your soil. Assessing soil health is...
    Plan Now to Meet Alfalfa Production Goals
    Oct 06, 2020 | Answer Plot
    Have Tech on Tap for Next Season
    Oct 01, 2020 | Answer Tech
    You probably have your seed and crop inputs ordered or maybe already in the barn. But how’s your ag technology planning going for next season? Work with your local trusted advisor now to determine how to best leverage ag tech tools to help reach your goals in the coming year....
    5 Considerations to Help Choose the Right Soybean Trait Platform
    Sep 29, 2020 | Answer Plot
    In 2021, there could potentially be four herbicide-resistant soybean trait platforms available — Roundup Ready 2 Xtend ® (glyphosate and dicamba resistant), XtendFlex ® (glyphosate, glufosinate and dicamba resistant), LibertyLink ® (glyphosate and glufosinate resistant) and...
    Find Strong Performance With New CROPLAN Seed Varieties
    Sep 29, 2020 | Answer Plot
    We’re still awaiting harvest data, but that doesn’t mean it’s too soon to start evaluating seed options for next season. Here’s a sneak peek at some of the new CROPLAN ® corn and soybean genetics that I’ve seen performing well in Ohio and the northeast. Consistent reliability...
    6 Tips for Selecting the Right Wheat Varieties
    Sep 28, 2020 | Answer Plot
    Winter wheat will soon be planted in many areas of the United States with spring wheat taking root next March or April. Whether you’re finalizing this year’s winter wheat selection or shifting your attention to next year’s varieties, taking a season-long, holistic approach...
    5 Fundamentals to Improve Plant Health and Operational Potential
    Sep 24, 2020 | Answer Plot
    As you begin planning for the 2021 season, you’re no doubt looking for ways to achieve early, uniform plant emergence and maintain outstanding plant health throughout the season so you can turn a profit at harvest. WinField ® United data shows that every season, farmers may...
    Leverage Harvest Data to Drive Next Season’s Crop Decisions
    Sep 22, 2020 | Answer Tech
    With today’s ag technology tools and in-season imagery options, it should be easier than ever to collect data to inform seed and crop protection product decisions. But even though all of that data can be very helpful, it can also be overwhelming to know where to start. Here...
    Gear Up for Fall Burndown Now
    Sep 21, 2020 | Answer Plot
    A clean start in the spring. Improved chances of on-time planting. Fewer pest havens. These are just a few of the benefits of an effective fall burndown. What’s your burndown strategy for this year to help limit next season’s weed pressures? Here are some ideas to get you...
    Amp Up Tech to Predict Corn Drydown
    Sep 16, 2020 | Answer Tech
    The need to monitor drydown trends in your cornfields comes at one of the busiest times of the season. Prioritizing sample collection and stand assessment in every field is difficult when there are so many other things to do. Let tech ease the load, give you a global...
    The Yield Equation: Where Do Seed Treatments Fit?
    Sep 11, 2020 | Answer Plot
    Did you know that an effective seed treatment helps your crop establish a more even stand? That benefit alone offers season-long advantages. Of course, seed treatments can also help protect against early-season insect and disease pressure and promote vigorous emergence. As...
    3 Tips for Preparing a Nutrient Management Plan
    Sep 11, 2020 | Answer Plot
    Planning for the 2021 season begins this fall, and a good place to focus your efforts is revisiting your nutrient management program. While the season is still fresh in your mind, think about what you’ll need to do ensure that your crops have what they need to thrive next...
    3 Cotton Defoliation Strategies To Help Optimize Yield Potential
    Sep 09, 2020 | Answer Plot
    Cotton defoliation is a management decision that is just as important as the seed or inputs you choose. Proper defoliation can help improve harvest efficiency by promoting more even boll opening, reducing the amount of trash and staining in the harvested cotton, and lowering...
    Farmer Lets Tech Steer His Irrigation and Nutrient Strategies
    Sep 01, 2020 | Answer Tech
    As a farmer, you don’t need another task on your plate; you want something that’s going to help you manage what’s already there. And though irrigation may be an essential part of your operation, it takes time to scout and probe for moisture deficits, set up the pivot for...
    Advanced Acre Rx In-Season Trial Updates
    Aug 21, 2020 | Answer Plot
    This season, the WinField United agronomy team is conducting a series of trials in partnership with local retailers as part of the new WinField ® United Advanced Acre ® Rx program . Farmers who participate in the program receive a season-long plan with in-season adjustments...
    Answer Plot 2020: Different Format, Fresh Intel, Same High-Quality Data
    Aug 19, 2020 | Answer Plot
    For 21 seasons, the WinField ® United Answer Plot ® program has delivered leading-edge agronomic insights live and in person at locations across the country, providing data-driven recommendations to help inform decisions on your acres. While we weren’t able to meet in-person...
    5 Steps to Help Determine Harvest Order
    Aug 18, 2020 | Answer Plot
    It’s hard to believe, but harvest is just around the corner. At this point in the season, your goal should be to protect yield potential by managing harvest order effectively. Here are five tips to help make harvest order work in your favor. 1. Gauge corn stalk integrity and...
    6 Ways to Jumpstart Your Sunflower Stand
    Aug 13, 2020 | Answer Plot
    6 Ways to Jumpstart Your Sunflower Stand Kyle Okke Agronomist Dickinson, ND Once you’ve determined which market to produce for and selected the right CROPLAN ® sunflower varieties for your acres, you have to practice the right planting techniques to optimize yield potential...
    3 Ways Data Can Help Shape Hybrid Decisions
    Aug 12, 2020 | Answer Plot
    Making good seed decisions starts with leveraging the data that’s best suited for your operation. Ideally, this means fusing national data with highly localized data from your region or your farm specifically. Employ these three data-driven strategies to help ensure you are...
    Tap Into Tech for Silage Harvest
    Aug 06, 2020 | Answer Tech
    There are probably a number of qualities you’re looking for in your corn silage crop, including adequate nutrient and moisture levels as well as optimal tonnage. One way you can help ensure optimal ROI and yield potential is by using the appropriate ag technology to manage...
    3 Tips for Choosing the Right Wheat Seed Treatment
    Aug 04, 2020 | Answer Plot
    It’s time to finalize your wheat seed purchases for 2021. Make sure that a high-quality seed treatment is part of the package to get plants off to a healthy start and protect them throughout the season from diseases and insects. Here are three questions to consider when...
    3 Tips for More Economical Fungicide Applications
    Aug 04, 2020 | Answer Plot
    When weighing purchase decisions, you consider many factors, but ultimately you want to maximize your return on investment potential. However, variables that are out of your control sometimes make that hard to do. Here are three steps you can take to help make more economical...
    Prioritize ROI and Boost Plant Health With a Fungicide Application
    Aug 03, 2020 | Answer Plot
    At the beginning of the 2020 growing season, we introduced five fundamental decisions to help you improve the profitability of your operation. One of those fundamental decisions, an effective fungicide application, is especially relevant now as you scout for potential disease...
    Sunflowers Have Good Potential for Variable Rate Seeding
    Aug 03, 2020 | Answer Plot
    Sunflowers Have Good Potential for Variable Rate Seeding Chris Heidrich District Sales Manager Bismarck, ND Like any crop, sunflowers can respond well to variable rate populations, provided you have enough variability in your fields. The trick, of course, is finding the right...
    Managing Against Herbicide-Resistant Weeds in Wheat
    Aug 03, 2020 | Answer Plot
    Managing Against Herbicide-Resistant Weeds in Wheat Kyle Okke Agronomist Dickinson, ND Weed resistance is a popular topic of conversation in any growing season, as it’s a problem that impacts every farmer regardless of location. Repeated use of a specific herbicide can lead...
    Limiting Harvest Loss Helps Optimize Canola Profit and Reduce Volunteer Canola in Wheat
    Aug 03, 2020 | Answer Plot
    Limiting Harvest Loss Helps Optimize Canola Profit and Reduce Volunteer Canola in Wheat Dennis Christie Agronomist Yukon, OK Following a harvest strategy is essential to realizing optimal yield potential, whether you produce spring canola or winter canola. But it also helps...
    Keep Close Tabs on Cotton Management
    Jul 29, 2020 | Answer Plot
    Cotton growers know that even under ideal conditions, cotton requires intense monitoring and management throughout the season. Here are some tips to help guide in-season decisions. Control insects Cotton seed treatments typically last 21 to 28 days in a given growing season...
    Don't Let a Boron Deficit Compromise Your Corn
    Jul 27, 2020 | Answer Plot
    The growing season has been relatively mild with some periods of challenging weather. Regardless of the weather, boron should always be top of mind as we progress into pollination in corn. What is the role of boron? Boron plays a key role in flowering, pollen development and...
    Focus Scouting Efforts With Ag Tech Tools
    Jul 20, 2020 | Answer Tech
    Spring and early summer are always busy for farmers. But 2020 has brought many unforeseen challenges that have made this time of year even more hectic. With so much to consider this year, scouting fields may become a lower priority. However, ag technology tools can help you...
    Timely Tissue Sampling Aids Nutrient Decision-Making
    Jul 20, 2020 | Answer Plot
    This season, be sure to routinely monitor the health of your crops by asking your agronomist to take tissue samples and have them tested for nutrient status. This will help ensure your crops are receiving what they need to deliver optimal yield and return on investment (ROI...
    When it Comes to Data, Demand Quality and Personalization
    Jul 18, 2020 | Answer Tech
    With established and new companies offering many types of data sources it can be difficult to decipher truth from hype. Not sure if you’re getting the most value out of your data? Here are four checks your data should meet. Valid. If your data is not valid and backed by strong...
    Broadening Connections to Deliver In-Season Insights
    Jul 15, 2020 | Answer Tech
    In today’s connected world, the ability to access your on-farm data quickly, easily and securely is essential. Accessing your data to make informed decisions in-season can drive profitability on your operation. Now there’s a new way to make data more readily available to...
    Capitalize on Corn Seed Treatments In-Season
    Jul 15, 2020 | Answer Plot
    Your corn seed is in the ground and taking root. Hopefully, that seed came with a quality seed treatment already applied. Now it’s time to pay attention to the in-season value a seed treatment can bring and leverage that to begin informing your seed decisions for next year...
    7 Tips for Managing Soybean White Mold
    Jul 08, 2020 | Answer Plot
    Last year, many farmers had to manage white mold in their soybean fields. This was likely due to a field history of white mold, paired with cool wet weather and high temperatures. We don’t know for certain if this disease will be an issue again this year, but we can prepare...
    Look to Fungicides to Help Manage Disease in High-Value Hybrids
    Jul 06, 2020 | Answer Plot
    When all the disease triangle components are in place — the inoculum (disease spores), the host (the plant) and the right environment — disease will likely manifest. If we get hot and dry weather, the opportunity for disease usually decreases. Temperatures in the 80s are...
    Advanced Acre Trials to Show Value of Data-Backed Approach
    Jun 26, 2020 | Answer Tech
    In today’s challenging and changing marketplace, quality data, ag technology and agronomic expertise are critical tools that enable farmers to make informed decisions and manage for optimal return on investment (ROI) throughout the season. This season, the WinField United...
    Use In-Season Tools to Illuminate Opportunities
    Apr 27, 2020 | Answer Tech
    During the growing season, every minute counts. Many times, extra hands are hard to come by and more hours in the day are not an option. However, quality technology that is properly leveraged can quickly detect field problems and successes to help you know exactly where to...
    Understand the Value of Tissue Testing
    Apr 27, 2020 | Answer Tech
    Knowing whether or not your plants are absorbing the nutrients you’re feeding them is important information in the heat of the season and when planning for next year. Tissue testing is an additional tool you and your trusted advisor can use to create an in-season nutrient game...
    Address Early-Season Issues With Technology
    Apr 20, 2020 | Answer Tech
    After the rush of spring planting, it can be hard to monitor every field for in-season problems such as poor stands, seedling diseases, winterkill, early-season pests and weed pressure. There’s just not time to go back and perform manual scouting evaluations on every field...
    Monitor Fields to Track Trends
    Apr 18, 2020 | Answer Tech
    Take advantage of technology to understand trends occurring in your fields. The R7 ® Field Monitoring Tool from WinField United lets you and your agronomist track a crop’s vigor status to determine if a field needs attention. Different-colored pins indicate higher-than-average...
    Can You Trust Crop Models?: Episode 118
    Jan 31, 2020 | Answer Tech
    On this week’s episode of The Deal With Yield® podcast, host Joel Wipperfurth and guest host Corey Evans discuss crop modeling technology and the components of an effective crop model. Hear about their experience using models with farmers in 2019 and how insights from crop...
    3 Simple Steps to Introduce Ag Tech to Your Operation
    Jan 29, 2020 | Answer Tech
    At this point in the year, you’re probably focused on creating your strategies for spring planting and in-season crop management. If you haven’t been using ag technology tools on your operation, this may be a good time to work with your local advisor to see how they could...
    Don’t Just Collect Harvest Data; Use It: Episode 113
    Dec 06, 2019 | Answer Tech
    This week on The Deal With Yield ® podcast, our hosts dive into the value of harvest data. The two discuss why you should gather your data and how it can be used to create a clear roadmap for the future of your operation.
    Unpacking Data Transparency: Episode 111
    Nov 15, 2019 | Answer Tech
    This week on The Deal With Yield® podcast, Joel and Jon continue their conversation about data transparency. The two discuss how benchmarking data is a lot like receiving a report card, and they explain how ag tech tools need to rely on quality data to help farmers make more...
    Include Ag Tech in Your Financial Discussions
    Nov 11, 2019 | Answer Tech
    Let’s face it, it’s tough to be a farmer right now. There are new levels of financial uncertainty fueled by a tough economy, recent weather challenges, market volatility and tariffs. These conditions may make it harder for you to get the funding you need to maximize revenue...
    Let's Talk Data Privacy: Episode 110
    Nov 08, 2019 | Answer Tech
    Data transparency and privacy are issues that affect consumers and farmers alike. The conversation about them spans industries and their importance has been underscored in light of recent events. On this episode of The Deal With Yield® podcast, hosts Joel and Jon dissect the...
    Assessing and Managing New Acres: Episode 108
    Oct 25, 2019 | Answer Tech
    Joel and Jon dive into the steps you should take and tools you can use to manage new acres on this episode of The Deal With Yield® podcast. Hear how to asses fertility levels, determine field variability and select the right seed.
    Tips for Capturing and Using Harvest Data
    Oct 21, 2019 | Answer Tech
    It’s important not only to successfully gather your yield data at the end of the season but also to leverage its full value. Here are five tips to get the most from it. 1. Rank harvest order by biomass. A number of ag technology tools can measure the crop biomass of various...
    Crop Model Field Report: September
    Oct 17, 2019 | Answer Tech
    This summer, WinField United tested and aggregated the in-season recommendations of the R7 ® Field Forecasting Tool across the country on what we’re calling Sentinel Plots. We’ve talked with the agronomists who are managing several of these plots and have posted updates about...
    The Economics of Sustainable Ag: Part 2: Episode 106
    Oct 11, 2019 | Answer Tech
    Joel and Jason Weller, senior director of sustainability at Land O’Lakes, continue their conservation conversation on this episode of The Deal With Yield ® podcast. Tune in to hear Jason analyze one of Joel’s fields and make recommendations using the TruTerra™ Insights Engine.
    4 Steps to Make the Most of Zone Soil Sampling
    Oct 02, 2019 | Answer Tech
    How did this year’s dynamic weather affect your soil’s health? One way to find out is by doing a soil test this fall. The results can help you set a baseline for managing nutrients next season. Here are a few tips to make the most of your soil sampling efforts. Build a plan...
    Tough Markets: Make a Plan and Plan to Change It: Episode 104
    Sep 27, 2019 | Answer Tech
    From commodity prices to trade discussions, farmers are at the center of the conversation. On this episode of The Deal With Yield, hosts Joel and Jon discuss the ways market conditions influence everyday decision-making. Often, it can feel a lot like playing poker.
    Leverage Tech at Harvest: Episode 102
    Sep 13, 2019 | Answer Tech
    On this week’s episode of The Deal With Yield, hosts Joel and Jon talk harvest. From best practices in the field to data-backed decisions for 2020, the guys discuss it all.
    The Sweet Science Behind Your Berries: Episode 101
    Sep 06, 2019 | Answer Tech
    On this episode of The Deal With Yield, Joel Wipperfurth invites Scott Komar, Senior Vice President of Global Research and Development for Driscoll’s, to dive into the world of berries and discuss how farming berries compares to row crops. Learn about the agronomics and...
    Crop Model Field Report: August
    Sep 04, 2019 | Answer Tech
    This summer, WinField United is testing and aggregating the in-season recommendations of the R7 ® Field Forecasting Tool across the country on what we’re calling Sentinel Plots. We’ve been talking with the agronomists who are managing several of these plots and posting updates...
    New App Makes Seed Data Easier to Access
    Sep 02, 2019 | Answer Tech
    When you’re making seed selection decisions in the field with your agronomist, you want the ability to be flexible and to access timely information on the fly. Now you and your trusted advisor can download a new WinField® United app to help facilitate those important seed...
    3 Takeaways From the InfoAg Conference
    Aug 26, 2019 | Answer Tech
    Ag tech is a lot like sports: Even with the fanciest equipment, if you don’t nail the fundamentals, you’ll never truly perform. This was no more apparent to me than at the InfoAg Conference , held recently in St. Louis, which showcased products and services from more than 100...
    Why Adopt Ag Tech?: Episode 98
    Aug 09, 2019 | Answer Tech
    This week, Joel and Jon explain the key terms used when talking about tech, along with the new trends emerging in the ag tech space. The guys talk about cloud computing, tissue testing and everything in between.
    Ag Tech Hot Take: Episode 97
    Aug 02, 2019 | Answer Tech
    On this episode, Joel and Jon discuss the integration of technology into our lives as both consumers and farmers. Most importantly, they ask the question, “How can technology best serve the agriculture industry?”
    Crop Model Field Report: July
    Jul 29, 2019 | Answer Tech
    This summer, WinField United is testing and aggregating the in-season recommendations of the R7 ® Field Forecasting Tool across the country on what we’re calling Sentinel Plots. Over the next several months, we’ll be talking with the agronomists who are managing several of...
    Broadening Our Network to Enhance Your Connectivity
    Jul 18, 2019 | Answer Tech
    In today’s connected world, the ability to access your on-farm data quickly and easily is essential. Not being able to retrieve it in your cab could mean a day without critical information, which could mean a day wasted. During the season, that’s not an option. Now there’s a...
    What Can Biomass Tell You About Your Crop’s Health?
    May 30, 2019 | Answer Tech
    Field scouting usually begins even before any equipment hits the field and continues until the last crop is harvested. You invest a lot of time checking on your crops to stay ahead of potential challenges that could threaten yield. Adding technology tools, including the R7...
    Use Crop Modeling to Facilitate Decision-Making
    May 21, 2019 | Answer Tech
    I’m a seventh-generation corn and soybean farmer and work an operation with my dad in southwestern Indiana. We always keep one eye on the field and the other on the marketplace, as each can change dramatically very quickly. We know that if we want to keep our farm going for...
    Midwest Farmers Combat IDC With Variable-Rate Planting
    May 08, 2019 | Answer Tech
    Many farmers in the northern tier states of the Midwest are all too familiar with the problems iron deficiency chlorosis (IDC) can cause. It’s a significant production issue in the eastern Dakotas, Minnesota and north-central Iowa. Although the first signs of IDC — interveinal...
    Farmer Stories: Answer Plots Help Farmers Take Advantage of Tech
    May 02, 2019 | Answer Tech
    From traited seed to remote sensing, it’s clear that staying on top of the latest advances in agriculture can be a daunting task for most farmers. When we design our Answer Plot ® testing, the goal is to bring the latest technology and resources to farmers to help them grow...
    Prescription Basics: Build a Variable-Rate Plan
    Apr 30, 2019 | Answer Tech
    What steps can be taken to help improve your corn crop? For farmers in my geography, where crops are often limited by rainfall, it’s by improving yield potential on less productive acres. In some cases, I’ve seen farmers increase yield by 10 to 15 percent on tough acres just...
    Use Satellite Imagery to Anticipate Crop Needs
    Apr 18, 2019 | Answer Tech
    Every seed you plant this year represents an investment that you want to protect. But you can’t monitor issues on every acre all season with the naked eye. Add satellite imagery to your crop management toolbox to help you find specific zones in the field that might need your...
    Monitor In-Season Challenges With Tech
    Apr 12, 2019 | Answer Tech
    Buddy King, a farmer in Wallace, North Carolina, was having one of his best wheat crops ever. Or so he thought. “We actually entered that wheat crop into a yield contest because it looked so good,” he recalls. He had done everything right. He’d taken all the steps that worked...
    Use Sensors to Get Smart About Soil Moisture
    Mar 26, 2019 | Answer Tech
    If you irrigate any portion of your land, you know that maintaining optimal soil moisture is important to help sustain crop growth and yield potential. Too much water can cause nitrate runoff and waste a valuable resource. Too little water can cause plant stress and end up...
    Put Seed in Its Rightful Place
    Mar 19, 2019 | Answer Tech
    Every seed in your planter is full of promise. But if you plant it in the wrong place or in the wrong soil type, that seed won’t reach its potential. And neither will your yield. That’s a lesson the Johnson brothers (Neal, Daryl and Dale), Neal’s son Ross and Dale’s son Ryan...
    Tech Provides New Perspective on Alfalfa, Soybean Performance
    Mar 05, 2019 | Answer Tech
    You need to detect in-field problems in a timely manner so you can manage them before they negatively affect your bottom line. There are several technology tools that can help you quickly determine when and where action needs to be taken. To help you keep tabs on the health of...
    Use Data to Shape Your Nutrient Strategy
    Feb 19, 2019 | Answer Tech
    As you prep for 2019, it’s easy to remember the one part of the field that did really well last season or the other part that wasdisappointing. We tend to look at the outliers because they stand out. But this doesn’t show the whole picture or indicate what you should do going...
    Bringing Innovation to Your Farm
    Feb 12, 2019 | Answer Tech
    Not all WinField United research takes place through the Answer Plot ® program. We also find solutions to agronomic challenges in the lab. And we combine the data we collect in-field with the discoveries made by our scientists to create products that help you optimize the...