I’m always asking myself, where can we find more bushels in the field. One way to improve the data you collect is to rethink the headland of your field.
The idea is simple: create a new Climate FieldView zone just for your headlands. Headland yields average 10-70 bu/A less than most of the field so they can really skew data the wrong direction.
Far too many times I’ve seen growers load up the planter with a new hybrid in the spring and label the whole field that number. Since this is a new number, they only tried a box and when harvest comes the hybrid loses on the farm by 15 bu. But did it really lose?
In the below example, if you were to compare New Hybrid A to New Hybrid B, as a whole, we’re not looking at apples to apples. To do that we’d have to pull out the 30 acres of headlands that Hybrid B was planted on. When that is done, we see more accurate comparisons of true yield potential.
Another example is when comparing an old standby hybrid to a new hybrid. If that new hybrid is also planted on the headlands, the cumulative data can be misleading about that hybrid’s potential.
We now have the technology to remove all bad data and only analyze the data we want to look at. But it has to be set up this way when planting. Once planted it is much harder to change information.
I believe this is one of the simplest ways to turn an entire farm in to a research plot with quality data and limited effort. While it may not be replicated data, it is a step in the right direction to making sure you’re leveraging the full power of the information you’re collecting.
We will be doing this across Carl’s farm this summer and look forward to showing the benefits this fall at Field Day.
Are you doing anything like this on your farm? I’d love to hear about it. Give me a call or shoot me an email! Rick@PetersonFarmsSeed.com