DuPont Pioneer launched Encirca services early this year to help growers manage inputs and mitigate risks as they plant their 2015 crops. With the USDA reporting that U.S. corn and soybean planting is running ahead of the five-year average for this time, growers are utilizing Encirca services to adjust planting plans to accommodate the warmer spring weather, optimize critical inputs such as seed and nitrogen fertilizer, and log early season scouting notes.
“The warmer spring and pockets of heavy rain throughout the country are exactly the types of weather anomalies that Encirca℠ services can help growers navigate,” said Joe Foresman, director of Encirca℠ services Marketing and Product Development. “Encirca℠ services are delivered through a trusted local advisor who helps growers evaluate their planting and nutrient management plans – taking into account weather, soil types, land topography and historical trends – in order to maximize operational efficiency and grower profitability at the end of the season.”
Encirca Yield Stand helps growers tailor corn and soybean planting prescriptions to areas of each field, while also providing risk analysis and planting priority tools to help growers make real-time adjustments if weather or other factors interfere with spring planting. The Encirca Yield Nitrogen Management Service works together with Encirca Yield Stand to help growers deferentially manage acres at a sub-field level or decision zone to improve productivity and control costs by applying varied rates of nitrogen fertilizer (N).
As growers begin early-season scouting, they are using the Encirca View service to record, organize, and share crop observations. The notes are automatically geo-referenced and archived to track historical trends that inform decisions year-to-year. More than 15,000 notes and photos have been captured in Encirca View this spring.