Time to Return Precision Planting Parts

4178265189_27e9b8f629_oPlanting season is a crazy time and despite our best effort things don’t always go perfectly. Getting those issues fixed and resolved, and you back up and running at 100%, will always be our goal.If you have nonfunctioning Precision warrantied parts from this season, they must be returned by June 10.

If you have questions as to if an item is under warranty, or if can be returned for credit, contact Callee at the office at (605) 353-1112.

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Precision Planting: Setting Your 20/20 and FieldView for Replants

For our growers facing the need to replant a field, here are the instructions for correctly setting your 20/20 and FieldView Cab that will make the mapping of these fields seamless.

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Replanting Fields:

Properly setting up your 20/20 and FieldView Cab will allow you to easily compare planting data across years and planting to harvest data.

  1. When replanting, DO NOT create a new field or a custom crop.
  2. When replanting fields, create a custom hybrid or variety. You may use the same hybrid or variety name with replant at the end (PO9929AMXP-Replant).

Doing this will result in the following:

  • Acres will continue to accumulate accurately, but the hybrids are reported separately in the planting summary so you can track original planting acres vs replant acres.
  • Replant maps will be painted over the top of the original maps.
  • Yield by Hybrid reports for data collected with YieldSense or Drive will still work.

If you are having any issues please contact Callee or Jonathan for any questions at (605) 353-1112.

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Sun Setting on Precision Planting Try It, Buy It Program June 1st

Thank you for trying the 20/20 Seed Sense, we hope you have had a productive planting season working with our system and that you 2016 planting year was a success. We trust that our system has benefited your bottom line and delivered a reliable, easy-to-use resource to your operation. We want to hear about how the product has benefited you, what changed, and improvements you were able to make due to the monitoring software. Please give us a call at (605) 353-1112 to tell us all about it!

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We are confident you’ll want to purchase the system and keep it for the 2017 planting year, if not you must contact us by June 1st. Thank you again for participating in the “Try it. Buy it.” program.

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Penny Wise or Pound Foolish?

Last month I attended the Commodity Classic (a trade show and Convention for the countries corn, soybean, wheat, and sorghum growers) in New Orleans last month, I have to say I came home a little down in the mouth. Each presenter warned us about the rough times ahead for agriculture. I was cautioned to watch every penny spent in 2016. Even though I didn’t disagree with them, I have to say Igot pretty tired of hearing it. Although the extra inches around my middle don’t help, I am feeling that if I tighten my belt much tighter, I won’t be able to breathe!

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Current economics make us consider and reconsider our management and purchasing decisions. Having a few years of farming experience under my rather tight belt, I also know that whenever most folks are being defensive in their operations, opportunities for growth and profit will pop up and I need to be watching for them. Still, there is only so much money to work with, so just where can I cut back and still not affect my opportunities for profit? One thought in the cost cutting thought process this spring is whether to treat soybean seed. Here’s my soap box take on that very question.

Soybean seed treatments such as fungicides, insecticides, protectants and growth promoters can be applied in varying combinations to the seed before it is planted, providing seed and seedling protection while it lies in the cool spring soils or the high residue fields commonly found in this region. Strong, healthy plants help ward off early season insect and disease issues. Increased root growth leads to more root surface area for greater uptake of nutrients. Soybean performance from treated beans can increase as much as 4.5 bushels an acre. We experience environments where Pythium and or Rhizoctonia (root/stem rot diseases) can have a devastating effect without some form of seedling protection.

No till and planting in cool soils (a condition that is typical until mid-June in SD) are both situations that call for treated beans. In South Dakota, since the widespread use of seed treatments began, the need to replant soybeans has diminished significantly – to nearly zero! Treatments make for a healthier, more vigorous plant. Interestingly, many farmers believe insect pressure is gone because they don’t “see” the high incidence of bean leaf beetles that they saw 10 years go. The truth is, those beetles are still around they just don’t like those treated plants as well, so their damage isn’t as visible any more.

In my opinion, in South Dakota, seed treatments are a vital risk management tool. Cutting out seed treatment as a cost reduction strategy is a poor risk management decision. Pay a few dollars up front and reduce the threat that could end up costing 3 to 4 times the investment. The number of service calls I make since the widespread use of seed treatments, is a fraction of what it was before. There is no way to effectively recover from poor emergence. It has to be planted right; you can’t go back in time and fix that.

Although rough times in production agriculture might be ahead I have some good news! Breathe easier – seed treatments for soybeans are available and will protect your considerable investment! We already know that we are going to take a hit on the soybean commodity prices, so don’t also take a hit on the yield by skipping your seed treatment protocol.

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