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Soybean Planting Dates

by Chad Swindoll on November, 07 2017 in AgFiniti®, SeedCommand™, Value of Data

Research from many sources has shown repeatedly that planting dates are critical when trying to achieve high yields in soybeans.

A customer noticed an odd pattern in the yield map on the  InCommand™ display while harvesting soybeans. After some quick investigation on-the-go in the cab, using summary reports, we picked up the iPad and began to look closer using AgFiniti® Mobile. Below are some screenshots with an explanation. Riding in the combine, the soybeans on the western part of the map looked stronger, but the data says otherwise. The variety that was planted on this block of land is a late Maturity Group 4. Looking at the data, the grower remembered planting was interrupted and the soybeans on the eastern part of this farm are 20 days older. The field isn’t finished yet, but projections are the earlier planting date will out-yield the later by 10 BPA. Timeliness is money!
10 bpa X $9.50/bushel = $95/Acre
*I concealed the product and grower names in these images purposefully to protect the privacy of our customers and to avoid endorsing any particular seed variety. Independence and farmer-friendly data is of high importance at Ag Leader.
There is an obvious difference in yield delineated by a line running N/S. (The line is a road the machine cuts across with no beans.) Field average so far is just under 65 BPA.






Querying the western portion, the average is around 63 BPA.






Querying the eastern portion, the yield is around 73 BPA.






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Chad Swindoll

Chad works as a Precision Technology Agronomist for Ag Leader where he helps lead product research, spends time understanding crop production problems that farmers face each year, and helps our team “talk like farmers.” His knowledge of farming is based on hands-on experience working in the family farming operation in the Mississippi Delta region. Prior to this role, Chad was the Mid-South territory manager for Ag Leader, serving the region’s dealers for three years. Chad attended Mississippi State University where he obtained a Meteorology degree and GIS/Remote Sensing Certification in 2011. He is husband to Edna and father to three wonderful children. Chad’s passion is serving the Almighty Creator, his family, and agriculture.

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