Agronomy Services

Agronomy Services

Customized Seed Portfolio

We will look at each of your fields and make the best agronomic decisions to put the seed on the right acre. You are free to have as much input as you want, or give us some information and we will figure it out for you. Each portfolio is customized to your acre, as well as your preferences and needs.

 

Scouting

We will scout each of your fields during the season to assess crop conditions, as well as any potential issues and analyze the cause of those issues. Examples of this might include: insect feeding, weeds, diseases, chemical damage, nutritional deficiencies. Please refer to the table for information regarding the number of times we will scout each field throughout the growing season based on package selection.

Tissue Sampling

Tissue analysis is the best method for determining nutrient levels in a crop. They are a great tool for diagnosing plant nutrient deficiencies. While this tool cannot be used to make fertilizer recommendations, information provided by tissue analysis can be used to complement a soil test. For example, if you notice that you have symptoms of a manganese deficiency, and this is confirmed by the tissue analysis results, you may want to test your soil in the off-season to see whether your soil pH is too high, making the manganese less plant-available. Tissue sampling methods will be based on Spectrum Analytic’s Plant Sampling Guide so that methods are consistent with the analysis to be completed. Results will then be forwarded to you, along with any advice we may have regarding the results of the analysis.

Soil Sampling (non-grid)

Sampling methods based on Tri-State Recommendations. Soil sampling is a key tool for making fertilizer decisions. Soil samples will be taken when no crop is being actively grown on a field, generally in the fall after harvest or in the spring prior to planting. The best practice is to plan on sampling each field every 3 to 4 years. Sampling depth will be 0-8” for fields on which tillage occurs, and 0-4” and 4-8” for no-till fields. Sample pattern will vary according to field size and shape, but generally fields smaller than 25 acres will have a composite sample of 20-30 cores taken in a random pattern. Larger and irregularly-shaped fields will likely be subdivided into smaller ones or subdivided on the basis of obvious differences (i.e. change in soil type or slope). Samples will then be submitted to Spectrum Analytic and analyzed using their S1 test (includes soil pH, buffer pH, organic matter, available phosphorous, exchangeable potassium, magnesium, calcium, cation exchange capacity (CEC), and percent base saturation of cation elements, as well as fertility recommendations for up to three crops. If additional nutrients are desired, please let Chris or Katie know prior to sampling so that they may submit the samples for the proper tests. Please be aware that additional nutrient analysis may require additional fees.

Grid Sampling

 Sampling methods based on Tri-State Recommendations. Grid sampling provides spatial information regarding nutrient levels and allows for an even more customized application of fertilizer, only placing fertilizer where it is needed. Soil samples will be taken when no crop is being actively grown on a field, generally in the fall after harvest or in the spring prior to planting. The best practice is to plan on sampling each field every 3 to 4 years. Sampling depth will be 0-8” for fields on which tillage occurs, and 0-4” and 4-8” for no-till fields. Samples will be taken in 2.5 acre grids. Samples will then be submitted to Spectrum Analytic and analyzed using their S1 test (includes soil pH, buffer pH, organic matter, available phosphorous, exchangeable potassium, magnesium, calcium, cation exchange capacity (CEC), and percent base saturation of cation elements. If additional nutrients are desired, please let Chris or Katie know prior to sampling so that they may submit the samples for the proper tests. Please be aware that additional nutrient analysis may require additional fees.

Real-Time Imagery with a Drone

Using the DJI Phantom 4 drone with a Sentera near infrared (NIR) camera, we can create flight patterns, capture data, color, and NDVI (Normalized Differential Vegetation Index) images above the crop canopy. NDVI images are created using visible and near-infrared light reflection measurements to determine areas with healthy vegetation and areas with unhealthy or sparse vegetation. These images can help us to assess the health of the crop, as well as identify problem areas that may need scouting attention. We are then able to share this data with you and discuss your results.

For pricing information, please contact us!