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December 16, 2020

Soil-Based Management Zones: How Are You Determining Your Soil Potential?

Soil management is a hot subject these days. Many companies are selling that “magic” formula, stating what you are doing wrong, and declaring they know your farm and your soil…
November 9, 2020

Nitrate Sampling in Corn Using SWAT Zones

I’m doing PSNT sampling for corn, what happens when I mix response zones?
September 8, 2020

Managing Spatial and Seasonal Soil Moisture Variability with SWAT WATER

Farming in dryland conditions is for the most part governed by the quality and variability of the soil in your field. Good soils, with high organic matter, mitigate both nutrient…
August 24, 2020

Risk Management Wins Again

When we think of risk management we often think about drought, and there are certainly opportunities to manage drought risk using SWAT Maps and variable rate inputs. But in wet…
May 26, 2020

What is Nutrient Responsiveness?

From a simple point of view, if I said, “this soil is likely responsive to copper," what I’m saying is there is a good chance, perhaps 75%, that an application…
May 19, 2020

Side-Hill Seeps: An Electrical Conductivity Anomaly

During the mapping season, we look at several electrical conductivity (EC) maps every day. Sometimes we come across something very interesting. Recently, while making maps for a field in eastern…
April 3, 2020

It All Comes Down to Water

Water: it’s the critical element for all plant life and I’ve realized over the past 18 months that it is perhaps the most important of the three pillars of a…
November 4, 2019

What's the Limiting Factor?

With yield mapping and NDVI imagery so widely available now it’s not difficult for us as agronomists or farmers to recognize there is yield variability in fields. The difficult question…
September 18, 2019

What is a Fertility Zone?

I (Cory) recently met with a group of agronomists that was all new to me. I asked them this question…
August 26, 2019

Benefits of SWAT MAPS: Achieving Target Plant Populations

Every year there is more and more focus on calculating seeding rates properly based on target population, TKW, and gemination %.
August 26, 2019

Yield Stability and Investment Risk

Yield stability… what does that mean? To me, it means the probability of getting a target yield in a specific area of the field. It also means the risk associated…
June 18, 2019

Benefits of SWAT MAPS: Water, Nitrogen, and Technology

Nitrate-N is susceptible to leaching in coarse textured soils, and denitrification in saturated soils. So how could a SWAT MAP help us manage the risk of N loss even further?
June 18, 2019

Benefits of SWAT MAPS: Connecting Soil, Weeds, and Herbicides

This is the time of year where you are scouting or spraying a crop and may find yourself wondering, “Why is the foxtail barley so bad here?” Or, “Why didn’t…
June 11, 2019

Benefits of SWAT MAPS: Managing Salinity

What is the benefit of using variable-rate technology? This is first question most farms have before investing in VR capability, and for good reason. Equipment tech upgrades aren’t cheap and…
June 11, 2019

Benefits of SWAT MAPS: Managing Lodging and Delayed Maturity

Picture this: you just got home from a family vacation at the lake in late July and you’re excited to go look at that wheat field that was looking pretty…

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