Winfield 'Answer Plots' Off to a Good StartWed, 12 Nov 2014 11:36:03 CST
Winfield and their Croplan seed brand has established nine AnswerPlot locations for wheat and winter canola in the Southern Plains region. Radio Oklahoma Network Farm Director Ron Hays interviewed Winfield Solutions seed and agronomy advisor Justin Stejskal to talk about the Answer Plots. You can hear their full conversation by clicking on the LISTEN BAR at the bottom of this story. Stejskal said the crops are off to a fair start.
"As far as stand established go we suffered the same issues some of the growers across the state struggled with," Stejskal said. "In between rains and less than ideal soil conditions as far as being a little too loose or not being able to get enough moisture to get it worked back down again."
Croplan has three Answer Plot demonstration sites in Oklahoma with one site for research only. There are also a couple more demonstration sites in Kansas. Stejskal said the wheat in all six sites looks very good at this time. Most of the canola sites got off to a good start, but some sites didn't get the stand they would have liked to have.
"A little thin, when it comes from a data standpoint we are going to struggle a little bit there," Stejskal said. "But for most part though we are pretty happy where we are right now."
The public can view the demonstration sites located south of Bessie, at Hennessey and in the Pond Creek area. There are also sites in Kansas located south of Anthony and near Garden Plain Kansas.
All of the sites have a research and demonstration plots. said on the research side of the plot everything is replicated for data collection. On the demonstration side, this area allows farmers to dig up roots and can more closely evaluate plants without impacting the data collection. Winfield also has different projects planned. In one canola plot they seeded weeds. In this situation the weed is wheat. Stejskal said they have a abundant stand of wheat to demonstrate the importance of weed control.
In terms of the number of acres planted to canola this fall, Stejskal said its hard to tell to know exactly where canola acres ended up this year. He said Croplan had good sales into southern Kansas and northern Oklahoma. Acres look to be down in the southern part of the state. He said south of Interstate 40 where the drought has been the most intense, canola acres look be down for the 2015 crop.
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