March 2, 2021

Precision Planting Simplified: Get in the Zone for Higher Yield Potential

20140128_maxyield_095 cmopWhile you can fertilize or spray your crop more than once in a growing season, you only get one chance to plant. Maybe you’ve heard about some of the new programs available to target each zone in your fields with precision planting prescriptions to increase the overall yield.

These systems work well, but did you know that MaxYield Cooperative’s team members can help you achieve the same results for a lot less money? “We can integrate seed technology, agronomy expertise, data analysis, and superior service to help you select the right hybrids and variable-rate planting prescriptions to boost your yield potential,” said Kurt Metzger, a MaxYield seed solutions specialist.

In any field, not every acre is equal. Since there are above- and below-average sections, it can pay to vary the seeding rate across the different zones. MaxYield’s specialists will sit down with you and analyze your yield maps, discuss the fertility of the field, and the soil types involved.

“We also take the field’s drainage into consideration,” said Metzger, who noted that MaxYield has worked with variable-rate planting since 2007. “If you have a Webster soil that has pattern tiling, it will have a much different corn suitability rating (CSR) than a similar field with poorer drainage.”

Interactive process is a “board meeting” for your farm

20140128_maxyield_128 compBased on all this information, it’s time to adapt four management zones (A, B, C, and D) to fit your field’s unique conditions. Zone A reflects areas with the best fertility, drainage, and potential for 220- to 240-bushel corn. “We’re going to push yields hardest here,” Metzger said.

Different management techniques will be required for Zone B (with 200-bushel corn potential), Zone C (with 160-bushel corn potential), and Zone D (sandier ground with 120-bushel corn potential). “It’s an interactive process where we work with growers to make zones that are customized to their fields,” Metzger said. “Then we determine which hybrid and plant populations might work best in these different zones.”

MaxYield team members, including the seed solutions specialist, agronomists, and SciMax Solutions specialists, work with clients on these recommendations in late February and early March. “It’s like having a board meeting for your farm, and you’re the CEO,” said Metzger, who noted that the clients’ maps are displayed on a large TV monitor during the meeting. “You’ve gathered all this expertise around the table, and we’ll help you develop variable-rate planting solutions to maximize your overall yield potential.”

Want to learn more about MaxYield’s zone management solutions and variable-rate planting prescriptions? Contact your nearest MaxYield location for details or


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