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8 ways to use FluroSense Insights to make sense of your 2020 crop

As the season has ended in the corn-belt of the U.S., let’s look at how you can use FluroSense Insights to make sense of your data and better plan for the 2021 season. 

1. Using Crop Stress to identify specific problems

You can use FluroSense Insights to make sense of last season’s data. Check out your crop stress detection history on your cornfields to identify any persistent corn rootworm problem areas and make adjustments to your spraying routine for this upcoming year.

In this example, a pest has been detected on one field of this farm. Using FluroSense, you can determine where stress is detected as well as the threat level that the stressor indicates.

2. Don’t let weather bring you down

This season in the corn-belt, harvesting was greatly impacted by the derecho storm. Harvesters were able to salvage corn crops by using sampling points to evaluate areas of the field that fared better in the storm and continued to track performance. The same method can be used in 2021 to track damage and salvage crops after bad weather.

Using the NDVI chart function, harvesters were able to track performance before and after the derecho storm. This gives users the ability to determine which areas can be harvested, compared to the areas that cannot be salvaged.

3. Assess Trial Outcomes

You can also take a look back at your N-strips on your wheat fields to make more informed decisions for your 2021 nutrition program! By looking back at this data you will be able to determine which treatment worked best and which did not work as well.

Using CCCI charts, users can efficiently determine which treatment was most effective on their farm. In this example, the user was able to see an increase in nitrogen in this particular field which was measured through Chlorophyll levels in the crops.

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4. Address Drainage Issues

As the 2020 season is over, it is time to decide where to address field drainage issues. Make sure that your recommendations are based on data! Look at Crop Stress reports after heavy rains for areas where water ponding caused damage.

FluroSense is able to detect heavy rainfall patterns and the damage done by those storms. It is important to look at data collected after severe storms in order to determine field areas that should be better prepared to weather the 2021 season.

5. Analyze Cover Crop Performance

You can use the Crop Biomass attribute to compare which cover crop mixes have had the best field cover in past seasons. Use this data to make more informed decisions in the 2021 season.

The Biomass NDVI function on FluroSense allows users to understand which fields have high, medium, or low vigor. This is important because it indicates functional field cover, and is a useful baseline for the 2021 season.

6. Determine Soil Sampling Zones

Were you capturing variability in your soil sampling grid this season? Look back at your field variability and productivity zones to determine sampling points on your farms and fields.

FluroSense’s Crop Performance Reports are able to deliver high-quality insights into your workflow. Looking at your field variability and management zones will help you to determine optimal sampling points for the upcoming 2021 season.

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7. Determine if you need a fall herbicide

Should you consider a fall herbicide program next year? Look back at crop stress alerts on your soybean fields to identify weed pockets in May-early June.

Using FluroSense, users can look back at crop stress alerts on individual fields in order to identify areas that may need a fall herbicide in 2021. This function allows for data-driven fall herbicide decisions to be made.

8. Look back at Emergence Issues

For our customers harvesting grain – take a look back at early season Crop Performance Reports to check for emergence issues on your fields. Use FluroSense Insights to make sense of yield data.

Seed corn maggots got the best of these soybean fields. Using FluroSense Insights, you will be better prepared this year to identify and alleviate any emergence issues.

Using these 8 FluroSense Insights, you will be better prepared for the 2021 season!

We offer all agronomists and growers wishing to improve their efficiency and productivity a set of sample reports on their fields – for FREE! If you want to learn all the lessons that 2020 had in store for you – get in touch!

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