Our growers asked us to move into soybean consulting in 2004 in response to the soybean rust issue. Since then we have expanded our soybean consulting to approximately 70,000 acres with at least 15 consultants scouting soybeans across our geography. Wheat Tech's philosophy on soybeans has been to maximize economic return on every acre. This means applying extra inputs on the most productive ground and minimizing costs on marginal ground.
Variety selection & placement
Seed rate recommendations*
Insecticide/Fungicide Seed treatment recommendations
Herbicide - product, rate, timing recommendations
Fungicide - product, rate, timing recommendations
Insecticide - product, rate timeing recommendations
combine calibration up to 2 visits plus collect/interpret all as applied & harvest data
Scouting trips: per herb, post herb, 2 - 4 visits R1-R6, planter/drill setting & emergence scouting
* Fertility recommendations will use soil samples from previous years' corn or wheat crop. If sample data is unavailable, soil sampling will be done on a 30-50 acre zone basis for an additional fee per acre, if requested.
Fertility - Ensure optimum lime, phosphate and potash recommendations based on recent soil tests
Variety Selection/Placement - Place varieties to maximize potential and minimize risks
Populations - Vary populations according to planting date and field conditions
Weed Control - Manage burndown and post emergence weed control issues, including glyphosate and ALS resistance
Planter setting - Aid in planter/drill setting with the goal to optimize plant stands even in poor conditions
Inoculants - Are they necessary or not for the average field?
Fungicides - Scouting and spray recommendations based on yield loss such as stinkbugs and podworm's and recommend spraying only when necessary
|Rates||Total cost||Method of cost saving||Potential Savings*|
|Population||FS 100-120,000 - DC 150-180,000||$40 - $60||Cut seed rates 10-20%||$6 - $9|
|P,K||200lbs, 9-23-30||$45||Cut rates 10%||$5|
|Fungicide||$16||Avoid spraying 30%||$5|
|Variety placement||Better selection / placement increase yields 2-3bu||$30 - $45|
|Weed control||Spot vs blanket spray||$5|
|Total||*Potential savings are an estimate only. No guarantees are made on actual savings.||$51 - $69|