Now is an excellent time to evaluate how your winter planning and preparations turned out. Spending time in your fields can be worth dollars in your pocket!
Evaluating your stand is one of the most important things you can do to assure continued success in the years to come. You should check your seed spacing to confirm whether your seed units were adjusted properly. Poor spacing can be caused by a number of conditions: Worn parts, planter speed, lack of proper adjustment, or even seed size.
This would also be a good opportunity to assess the percentages of skips or non-emerging seed as well as late emerging plants. Often seed that did not emerge or emerged late could be due to earlier seed damage or imbibing cold soil moisture at the time of germination. Other contributing factors that can lead to a lighter stand include crusting or leaving open seed slices behind the planter where conditions were a little wet.
Weed control is another important piece to look at. How did your burndown and/or pre-emergence herbicide work this year? Are your fields consistently clean throughout or was weed control erratic. There can be multiple reasons for inadequate weed control. Various explanations can range from weather conditions when sprayed, weather conditions and rainfall received after herbicide application, timing of application, size of the weeds when sprayed, herbicide choices and use rates, or high levels of weed seed in the soil from last year or previous years. Depending on the herbicides used, even soil pH levels can have an impact on residual herbicide performance.
Good records with boots on the ground are the keys to understanding what we achieve. Our staff of agronomic specialists are there in the field for you gathering that pertinent information. Then we take that a step farther by analyzing that information in order to make positive adjustments for the future.
For more information on how Servi-Tech can help you be more productive with herbicide control and weed control, contact us at 1-800-557-7509.