Farm Visits Benefit Farmers

Paul Kassel, Extension Field Agronomist, Northwest

Problem Statement: 

Farmers may have crop problems during the growing season that require an unbiased assessment.  Some examples are spray drift, spray contamination, replanting, pest identification and combinations of these problems.  Timely response is important for credibility and to provide options to resolve the problem.  Farm visits that are beneficial to the farmer need someone with crop production experience, sound judgment and good communication skills.  Effective writing skills are necessary to document the situation.

Programmatic Response: 

I made 35 farm visits in 2007 to assess crop problems. Some of the farm visits had a large economic impact because they involved spray drift damage and/or herbicide contamination.  One field visit required the replanting of corn in June.

Impact/Outcome: 

I sent one on one evaluations to 12 farmers where there was significant effort and/or a need for more documentation.  Seven evaluations were returned.  The surveys that were returned represented 312 acres.  The impact from the surveys (costs savings and/or additional profit obtained) was $23,896.00, or $76.59 per acre. Some of the problems that producers experienced were poor early season crop vigor, spray drift/contamination damage, nitrogen deficiency and replant decisions. 

Some of the comments from the returned evaluations included, thank you for your help this summer.  Another comment indicated that my farm visit and glyphosate contamination assessment helped him to get a $196.00 per acre settlement on 76.0 acres.

April 16, 2008

100 - Corn and Soybean Production and Protection

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