Channel Seedsman Alvin Winslow from New Gloucester, Maine, explains how he uses the Population Optimizer with his growers.
Why do you use the Population Optimizer to make decisions with your growers?
The way I use the Population Optimizer with my growers is part of a conversation. Very often, when you're on the farm, the grower is going to ask you, "As a Seedsman, what population do I plant this product at?" In the past, we have had some on-farm experience and local considerations, and we have some good recommendations. But what the Population Optimizer gives us is actually the science and data to take that decision to the next level. So now, we can evaluate that product in that part of the country, and we put that together with our experience and the goals and desires of the grower. And I believe we get closer to that optimum planting population, and that's the goal. The grower wants to get the maximum return on every dollar he invests in the acre. And getting the right population is one place where we can make sure we've invested the right amount to get that optimum return. So to have that tool that improves, that gives us more of a knowledge-based decision, that's the value of our Population Optimizer.