Our growers asked us to move into corn consulting in 2006. Since then we have expanded our corn consulting to approximately 40,000 acres, with at least 8 consultants actively involved in corn consulting. Wheat Tech's philosphy on corn has been to maximize economic return on every acre. This means applying extra inputs on the most productive ground and inimizing costs on marginal ground.
Preplant Fertility - Zone or grid sampling to maximize fertilizer efficiency including fertilizer recommendations and'or prescriptions (if grid sampled). Zinc and sulfur tests done on all samples.
Variety Selection/Placement - Place hybrids to maximize yield and minimize risk.
Populations - Select optimum populations based on soil type and topography including variable seed rates if required (premium programs).
Weed Control - Manage burndown and post applied weed control including ALS and glyphosate resistant weeds.
Planter Setting - Planter depth setting and checking of precision population maps.
Nitrogen Management - Select optimum N rates for soil type and provide N prescriptions (premium programs) for variable N to maximize economic return on nitrogen.
Fungicides - Select hybrids and field conditions likely to benefit economically from a tasseling fungicide applications.
Insecticides - Recommendations for all insect problems.
Compaction - Decide if localized or field scale ripping is needed.
Basic - Soil tests & recommendations, variety selection, placement and rate. Discuss all other inputs.
Tech - A program focusing on technology only, including: seed rate and variable nitrogen prescriptions, combine calibrations, collected as applied/harvest data and generating necessary maps.
Regular - Combination of basic & tech program.
Elite - Covers everything mentioned and also adds intensive scouting from burndown timing to harvest.
|Rates||Total cost||Method of saving||Potential savings*|
|Nitrogen||140-180lb||$42-$54||lower rates on PeC etc, reduce 30% on 33% of field||$5|
|P/K||300lb, 9-23-30||$55||Skip 25% high fertility fields||$13|
|Population||28,500||$63||lower rates on PeC, etc. / Reduce 30% on 33% of field||$7|
|Fungicide||$30||Only apply on responsive varieties||$10|
|Variety placement||Better positioning increase yield 5-10bu||$35-$70|
|Total||*Potential savings are an estimate only. No guarantee is made on actual savings.||$70-$105|