3 A Partner in All Seasons
Dave Wallner, a Channel Seedsman from Pleasant Plains, Illinois, spends long days throughout the season working for farmer clients. And you know what? He wouldn’t have it any other way. He provides year-round consultation to his customers.
“The great thing about Channel Seedsmen is that we are focused on helping you make decisions for seed and plant health throughout the year,” Wallner says.
Wallner, who serves 40 customers in three counties in central Illinois, visits customers anywhere from one to five times per season, sometimes more, and he might look at one to a dozen fields per farm. His attention and dedication come as part of The Channel Field Check Up Series, where a Seedsman is a partner for the entire year—not just someone you talk to when it’s time to buy seed.
In 2018, for example, Wallner spent a lot of time placing insect traps around his trade area to track and monitor where corn rootworm pressure might occur or move to the following year. That’s the level of service growers receive from a Seedsman. “I’ll try to develop an idea of where we might need to use something like SmartStax® Technology in the future,” he says.
Additionally, this year provided not only some of the best conditions for excellent crops but also the hot, wet conditions that produce gray leaf spot fungus in corn. “For growers that didn’t use fungicide, the pressure is out of this world,” he says. “This is something I help troubleshoot.”
Channel Seedsmen scout field conditions with Climate FieldView, which transfers the data to Seedsman 360, a proprietary app for the iPad® device that allows them to track data, make observations, and take notes about your farm. At maturity, for instance, Wallner will conduct yield evaluations to predict what yield ranges might look like. He will also check stalk quality to see if there are any issues with standability and will help farmers create a harvest plan.
“If there were to be poor stalk quality and a risk of falling down, we can plan to harvest that corn first,” he says. “We also check on overall plant health and disease pressure—issues that can help us plan for the following year.”
Seedsman 360 and Climate FieldView working in sync help Wallner and all Channel Seedsmen produce end-of-year Custom Crop Reports for growers that summarize what they’ve seen all year on the farm and recommendations for the following year.
“The great thing about Channel Seedsmen is that we are focused on helping you make decisions for seed and plant health throughout the year.” Dave Wallner, Channel Seedsman, Pleasant Plains, Illinois