3 A Part­ner in All Sea­sons

Successful Farming - - ASK THE DOCTOR - Visit Chan­nel.com/Seeds­man­ship to learn more.

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

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.