What’s your process for tracking what you do in each field? Most farmers have some combination of pen and paper, app, Excel documents and more for recording the activities carried out in each field. But what process do you have in place for diagnostics? For tracking what you’ve noticed, the possible causes, the decided-upon cause and what you’re going to do differently next year? This area of data collection can be a bit tougher to keep tabs on and transfer to next year’s plan, but it’s well worth it..
Diagnosing what’s actually happening in a field is, to Agronomy Geeks like me, endlessly fascinating. Sometimes the causes are clear, other times it’s one tiny detail that provides the solution to the problem, and, if those details aren’t easy to find and refer to, you could end up in a situation where you never really know what caused the odd pattern in the field or strange discoloration of plants, for example. Field diagnostics matter beyond pure curiosity, however. Determining whether you’re tackling a fertilizer burn vs. disease vs. pest problem is mighty important if you’re going to fix it. And that’s the angle I take in the podcast below.
In this edition of the Agronomy Geeks podcast, I’m joined by Jay Whetter, editor of Canola Digest and my former boss, and Blaine Woycheshin, with Bayer CropScience, to talk about not just the importance of field diagnostics, but also the increasing interest in straight-cutting canola.
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