Optimizing Planting Populations

Channel Seedsman Beau Jacobson explains how optimized planting populations drive performance and profitability potential.

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Key Takeaways:

  • Optimized planting populations drive performance and profitability potential.
  • Row spacing, planter technology and historic data should be considered.
  • The Climate FieldView™ platform and the Channel Population Optimizer tool can aid in decision-making.
How can optimizing planting populations help provide benefits to a farmer's field? 

When we talk populations with customers, we try and take a field-by-field approach or an acre-by-acre approach. We look at what row spacing they're using, we look at what the technology on their planter is, we look at what their historical populations had been using, and then we look at the Climate FieldView™ platform. We're able to go in there, look what the variety of recommendation is, look at what the population optimizer is, adapt that to their fields, maybe cater it a little bit as a whole, what their comfort level is, what their yield goal is, what their fertility program is, and then we can maybe manage those zones a little bit differently if we feel that we want to tweak them a bit. And then we just look at the data that is driven behind each hybrid at what a recommended population would be. The narrower row spacing they have, the more we may push populations. A 22- or a 20-inch row versus a 30, we'll traditionally run about 2,000 seeds per acre higher. And then we just look at that by zone and try and manage that push population a bit in the productive areas and maybe pull back a bit in some of the less productive areas.

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