• Agriculture Technology


Mid-season wheat field
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 in the past. “We did our usual split application of nitrogen during the season,” King says. “Had just put on our last fungicide application and were waiting for the season to wrap up so we could harvest.” But there was a problem. A potentially disastrous one.
His retail seller, Michael Patram, kept getting “vigor status down” messages from the R7® Field Monitoring Tool.
At first, he thought something was wrong with the tool. Then he went out to the field to investigate. “I pushed the wheat back and found aphids,” Patram says. “Then I talked to Buddy and we checked out several additional fields. More aphids. We ended up making an insecticide application on more than 1,100 acres of his wheat.”
The Field Monitoring Tool provides a clear daily indicator of crop status using satellite imagery as an indication of the field’s biomass. And although low biomass is never good, exceptionally high biomass — especially achieved over a short period of time — can be just as bad.
“If you’ve got a few fields entered into the Field Monitoring Tool that look a lot better than every other field, there’s a good possibility you’ve got a weed problem or you didn’t catch a particular area with your fall burndown,” says Patram. “You want fields to stand out and look exceptional. But if they look a lot better really quick, that’s your cue to get out into the field and see what’s really going on.”
In the end, the R7 Field Monitoring Tool gave King the detailed insights he needed to take action and save his yield.
“The Field Monitoring Tool helped us protect the investment we’d made in our wheat crop,” says King. “If we hadn’t checked out those ‘vigor status down’ messages, our yield potential would have been compromised. As it happened, we were able to maintain the yield potential we had built. That’s what we were going for.”

To learn more about how the Field Monitoring Tool can help you make informed in-season decisions this season, talk with your locally owned and operated WinField United retailer.

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  • Agriculture Technology, Agronomic Insights

New App Makes Seed Data Easier to Access

R7 Tool Seed App screenshot of CHT capabilities
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 conversations.
Available for download through the Apple App Store, the R7® Tool Seed App allows you to view the WinField United Characterization Charts (CHT Tool), which uses up to three years of Answer Plot® data to compare CROPLAN® seed products to seed from other major companies. The app also includes the WinField United Top 10 feature, which provides a snapshot of top-performing hybrids in specific areas and on specific soil types.

User friendly, information rich

When you and your advisor are reviewing in-field conditions, the R7 Tool Seed App lets you easily have more informed conversations about what hybrids would work best in your fields, taking into account factors such as soil type and yield environment. Through response-to scores, you can determine how a particular hybrid will respond to nitrogen and fungicide applications to inform seed selection based on management style. These scores also measure response to continuous corn and response to population. And Answer Plot comparative data gives you an unbiased look at how CROPLAN hybrids perform next to other seed brands so you can make the best choices for your operation.

On-the-go access

You no longer have to go through a desktop computer or even a tablet to access these two features. The app is simple to use and intuitive, giving you quick answers to your seed questions. 
You can use the R7 Tool Seed App at any time of the year:
  • In the planter to make sure your seed populations are correct
  • In the field to look up response-to scores in-season
  • In the combine to determine how seed placement decisions made in the spring correlated to yield at harvest
  • At the kitchen table over the winter when you’re talking about seed placement with your agronomist
Note: Although you can download the app on your own, you’ll need to partner with your local WinField United retailer to access and work with the CHT Tool and Top 10 feature.

Our differentiator

At WinField United, we encourage collaboration regarding important seed purchasing decisions. Leverage the knowledge of your trusted advisor and his or her partnership so that together you can make the best choices for your operation. This is what the R7 Tool Seed App provides: proven data that enables you and your agronomist to make informed decisions throughout the year.
Download the R7 Tool Seed App now through the Apple App Store. For more information on how the app can work for you and your operation, talk with your trusted advisor.
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© 2019 WinField United. Important: Before use always read and follow label instructions. Crop performance is dependent on several factors many of which are beyond the control of WinField United, including without limitation, soil type, pest pressures, agronomic practices, and weather conditions. Growers are encouraged to consider data from multiple locations, over multiple years, and be mindful of how such agronomic conditions could impact results. Answer Plot®, CROPLAN®, R7® and WinField® are trademarks of WinField United.

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