R7® Field Monitoring Tool Delivers Valuable In-Season Intel
Here’s how my retail partners and I used the FMT to scout corn fields in 2015.
1) When we scouted at V5, we found that:
- The tool let us know which fields were performing above average and which were performing below average.
- Using R7® Tool in-season imagery, we identified the optimal areas in which to take NutriSolutions® tissue samples.
- We used the information gathered from scouting and tissue sample results to make the decision to apply MAX-IN® Zinc and a nitrogen side-dress to a field that was trending above average.
- The FMT, along with another NutriSolutions® tissue sample taken two weeks after the V5 application, showed us that the field trended upward following the nutrient applications compared to neighboring fields. (The treated field showing a vigor index of 0.8, while the neighboring untreated field showed a vigor index of 0.7.)
- How a severe hail and wind storm that hit two weeks after the application affected the treated field, causing damage in some spots in the field.
- How the damaged corn stalks were vulnerable to corn smut, which caused the field to trend downward for the next two weeks.
- The tool indicated the damaged corn field was actually trending upward compared to neighboring fields, due to favorable weather conditions.
- The response to fungicide (RTF) score helped us determine if the crop would benefit from a fungicide application at tassel. We recommended a fungicide application, but the farmer decided against it because of cost and because the field was doing pretty well. He was pleased that the FMT helped him make in-season decisions and provided him with insights on how the products that were applied worked.
The R7® Field Monitoring Tool (FMT) can help you scout smarter and plan nutrient applications for your customers more effectively.
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