Dupont Pioneer Develops Visual Tool for Farmers
Pioneer Hi-bred has always been well known for hand’s on crop services for growers, and they continue to add to that service. Chuck Brimmer, agronomy information for Dupont Pioneer explains further:
“As we have seen agriculture change a lot with the advent of new technology, we know its now possible for the farmer to be both labor and management at the same time with very good access to information. What we have tried to do is enhance some of our offerings so a farmer has much more access to the information he needs. We have included several agronomy tools to use to help manage the crop, such as tracking your crop to see what growth stage you can expect over the next few months, you can plan your harvest, plan the markets you are going to hit. In the south one of the issues has been the extreme drought and heat, and with this you can watch to see if heat has affected your pollination and make some estimates based on that. There are tools to make some yield estimates well before harvest to assist in marketing. We have tried to enhance the availability of information. We have tried to put it in a way that facilitates several decisions that have to be made.
There are a lot of changes happening in university research, a lot of genes that can be looked at for kernel size and test weight which are both very important. If you know the products you can very easily count the kernels. If you know it to be a very high test weight product that will help facilitate your estimate and make your estimate more accurate. And that is built into the set of tools.
We have also seen some changes in pests, the kudzu bug is moving in and stink bugs, these are new pests for farmers. A new thing we have tried to put on our website are some identification guides to help farmers make some decisions. Now when a farmer is out in the field, he can use his smart phone, we have tried to facilitate those pieces that he would need in the field. Its become a extension of their local extension service.”
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Agronomy information specialist for Dupont-Pioneer, Chuck Brimmer.