Transform farm trials into better crop management decisions

Published online: Sep 19, 2013

Gaining more understanding of how products and agronomic practice interact across soils can help you improve placement decisions, reduce input costs, and increase yield and profitability.

A study by Andy Heggenstaller and Scott Nelson, DuPont Pioneer agronomy research managers, shows that the enhanced multifactor analysis of on-farm trials provided with Pioneer Field360 services helps growers and Pioneer sales professionals transform farm data into new management insights that can help increase productivity.

Each trial highlights the capabilities of Pioneer Field360 services to improve analysis of on-farm trials. This will help you better understand how management practices interact with one another and across soils. Improved understanding of such interactions can often drive crop management decisions, including hybrid placement, seeding rate and residue management.

Any on-farm trial can be examined using tools like Pioneer Field360 services as long as yield monitor data is available and the position of treatment zones within the field is known.

One example of an analysis from Pioneer Field360 services applied to a multilocation on-farm trial is hybrid placement, testing product and management practice performance relative to soil type. The data layers used for analysis include as-planted, as-harvested and Pioneer EnClass soils. 

Pioneer Field360 services also allows you to analyze many different types of data incorporated from a variety of sources. For instance, layering geo-referenced soils data with management zones and other operational information helps you understand how multiple agronomic and environmental factors interact to affect yield across fields.

Another study by Heggenstaller and Nelson describes corn yield response to seeding rate and fungicide application. This trial involves the interaction of two management practices. Data layers for this example include as-plated, as-applied relating to fungicides and as-harvested. Findings showed that corn yield responded to increased population when high seeding rates were combined with foliar fungicide application.

The last on-farm trial focuses on managing corn residues through partial removal. This example also relates to performance relative to soil type. Residue management zones, as-harvested and Pioneer EnClass soils are the data layers used for this trial.