This spring farmers can make use of data-driven technologies from The Climate Corporation to make important seed management decisions.

Climate’s new offering, Seed Advisor, allows farmers in Iowa, Minnesota and Illinois to align the most optimal corn hybrid to their fields. Bret Sitzmann, global director of product marketing for Climate, said Seed Advisor looks at planting and harvesting data that has been collected on farmers’ fields.

“It creates a portfolio of products to manage yield risk on an enrolled farmer’s operation, it then ranks those products for fit on each and every field, from best fit all the way down to do not plant rating,” he said.

Farmers can access Seed Advisor from any seed dealer who carries Climate products. The dealer then enrolls a farmer’s field. Then the dealer can run that farmer’s data through Seed Advisor to come up with the most ideal seed to plant in that field.

“When the recommendation is ready, the dealer takes that back to the farmer to fine tune the recommendation,” he said.

Climate tested Seed Advisor with 17 farmers who farm about 100,000 acres in Iowa, Illinois and Minnesota during the 2018 growing season, before making it commercially available to producers in those states this season.

Each farmer in the trials planted the Seed Advisor recommended hybrid directly next to what they would traditionally plant.

“At the end of the season, the harvest results were tremendous for the Seed Advisor products. We saw a 9.1-bushel advantage to the Seed Advisor selected hybrid when compared to what the farmer traditionally plants on their own,” Sitzmann said.

While Seed Advisor is currently only available commercially in Iowa, Minnesota and Illinois and for corn selection, Climate continues to innovate. This year they are testing an upgraded version of Seed Advisor on more corn acres in Wisconsin, Indiana and Missouri. Future plans for Seed Advisor include more crops and other places.

“In our science pipeline, we’re working with other crops and other geographies, other countries,” he said.

Climate Corp. is also excited to offer farmers variable-rate seeding through Advanced Scripting. Through this product, Climate scientists used farmers’ historical data and yield maps to identify high and low productivity areas in their fields to determine the best route to take.

Sitzmann noted that seeding rate is a critical decision every year. Planting the right seed and the right amount of seed sets the stage for the whole growing season, he said.

“It’s all about optimizing the number of seeds planted. It maximizes yield and return on investment at the end of the season,” he said.

Through Advanced Scripting, Climate has identified the ability to build a predictive model to help understand the response to variable rate seeding.

“We’ve identified over 5 million acres today of farmer fields where we expect an almost 3-bushel response to simply redistributing the same seeding rate a farmer is planting today in advanced seed prescription zones,” he said.

To learn more about Climate and their products, visit www.climate.com.

This column was contributed by Minnesota Farm Guide for DEKALB.

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