Farm Visits Have Economic Impact for Area Soybean Farmers

Paul Kassell, Crop Field Specialist, Northwest

Problems

Farmers request information on soybean management and soybean pest management during the growing season. These requests often require a farm visit to assess the problem and give recommendations. Farm visits require a fair amount of time and energy. However, these farm visits often show some very good economic impact.

Response

I made 53 farm visits last season to assess individual soybean field problems. Some of these visits help to confirm something the farmers have observed. Other visits have a large economic impact because they involve replant decisions, spray drift damage, herbicide contamination damage or pest control recommendations.

Impact

I sent one on one evaluations to 17 soybean farmers where there was significant effort, a need for documentation, and/or significant economic impact from my visit. Thirteen were returned. The thirteen surveys that were returned represented 882.0 acres. The farmers that returned the surveys operated a total of 8892 acres. The impact from the farm visits on the 882.0 acres was $18,609.00. The impact was from a variety of things including replanting decisions from hail damage, insurance company settlements from spray contamination, and savings from insecticide applications that were not needed. Some comments included, "used your info to not tear up crops - good choice". Other comments were, "I decided with your help not to replant". One last comment was, "thanks for stopping in so soon after I contacted you".

March 23, 2005
142 - Integrated Pest and Crop Management, 4th (July - Sept)

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