Farm Visits Produce Economic Benefit

Paul Kassel, Extension Field Specialist-Crops, Northwest Area

Problem Statement: 

Farmers experience problems with soybean cyst nematode, plant diseases, spray drift, plant populations and other problems.  These farmers seek a third party unbiased source of information to evaluate the problem.  Farm visits that are beneficial to the farmer need someone with extensive crop production experience, good judgment and good communication skills to effectively address the crop problems.  Often the crop problem requires good writing skills to document the problem.

Programmatic Response: 

I made 47 farm visits in 2006 to assess area crop problems.  Some problems are fairly straightforward.  Other farm visits can have a large economic impact because they involve replanting, spray drift damage or herbicide contamination, etc.

Impact/Outcome: 

I sent one-on-one evaluations to 24 farmers where there was significant effort and/or a need for more documentation.  Eleven evaluations were returned.  The surveys that were returned represented 310 acres.  The impact from the surveys (costs savings and/or additional profit obtained) was $11,830.00, or $38.16 per acre. Poor corn crop emergence, reduced plant populations, nutrient deficiency, poor fertilizer application and corn nitrogen deficiency were some of the problems that producers experienced. 

Some of the comments from the returned evaluations included, thank you for your help troubleshooting during the season.  One producer who sought advice on a field with poor emergence early in the season commented, did not replant field turned out to be my best corn 179.9 bu/a dry.

April 12, 2007
100 - Corn and Soybean Production and Protection

 

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