Channel Seedsman Ben Acheson explains how the Climate FieldView™ platform helps identify trends to create prescriptions for fertilizing.
- The Climate FieldView™ platform helps identify areas in a field that could benefit from further fertilization.
- Economically fertilizing only certain areas of a field can save resources and increase yield potential at the same time.
How has the ability to create prescriptions for fertilizing provided benefit to your farm?
We're starting to do a lot of prescriptive fertilizer, from nitrogen to your phosphorus to your potassium. Knowing which parts of the fields are producing more yield and which are less, we like to do a soil sample first to know what the base levels are. Then, based on what the yield goals are in those certain areas, we fertilize to hit the yield goal. So we're actually putting the fertilizer where it needs to be versus blanketly treating the field, the whole, exactly the same way. So it's using your resources best in the economic times we're in where money's tight. With the use of Climate FieldView, we're able to see historical trends of the good spots in the fields, the bad spots in the field, the higher-yielding, the poorer-yielding areas in the field. We can take that and create prescriptions for nitrogen, for phosphorus or for potassium and for seed in those better spots in the field and really push the good spots and hold back on the bad spots or not give them more than what they can handle. And all that is available by the power of Climate FieldView.