DECATUR, Ill. — The Climate Corporation’s Seed Advisor program expanded its footprint across the Midwest this growing season and is targeting a full launch this fall.

Seed Advisor is a data science-driven tool that provides dealers with a ranked hybrid recommendation by field and optimal seeding rate recommendation to help farmer customers manage risk and maximize yield.

This technology empowers dealers with a predictive model that combines the proprietary seed genetics library with regional seed performance data to predict the best performing hybrid for the unique agronomic conditions of each field.

The Seed Advisor tool was field tested by a group of farmers and their dealers through the company’s FieldView Innovators program across 100,000 corn acres during the 2018 growing season.

Harvest results demonstrated an average yield advantage of 9.1 bushels per acre versus what the farmer would have planted without Seed Advisor recommendations, with a more than 80% win rate, according to the company.

“This last year across Illinois, Iowa and Minnesota, we were able to allow more farmers in a pre-commercial test to experience our Seed Advisor product, which absolutely helps with that prescriptive selection and placement of new hybrids,” Tom Eickhoff, Climate director of implementation, said at the Farm Progress Show.

The program has been expanded into Indiana, Wisconsin and Missouri. Tests also are being conducted on soybeans for the program.

“As you build these types of predictive models, we’re also exploring how you get more prescriptive in areas like crop protection and some these other agronomic inputs, as well,” Eickhoff said.

“We’re really seeing acceleration around new insights, new prescriptions, more up-to-date prescriptions, not only from seed selection and placement, but also from a crop protection standpoint.”

Investments

The Climate Corporation has invested heavily in research and development to ensure its predictive models and digital tools provide significant value for farmers when they are deployed commercially.

“Where we’ve really been focused is bringing together the rich research and development data that Bayer Crop Sciences is generating to partner with on-farm data to unlock new insights for growers on the farm. It’s really the combination of bringing multi-years of testing through the research and development pipeline together with the knowledge farmers have on their own farm, to accelerate our ability to place and select the right seed for the acre.”

With tight profit margins for farmers, Eickhoff said believes growers can benefit from these programs.

“What’s really exciting about platforms like Climate FieldView is it allows farmers now to access all of the data they’ve generated on-farm and truly be able to explore and understand at a deeper level which practices, which seed, which agronomic techniques are the most profitable,” he said.

“So, I think more so now than ever things like Climate FieldView allow farmers to deeply explore the profitability of new technology on-farm and be able to fit the right products into their operation and make a better informed decision.”

First launched in the United States in 2015, the Climate FieldView digital agriculture platform is targeted to be on more than 50 million paid acres across the United States, Canada, Brazil, Argentina and Europe.

“I think we’ll be over 90 million acres globally. It’s expanded really, really fast and growers are starting to see value all around the world and how they can use this technology,” Eickhoff said.

Tom C. Doran can be reached at 815-780-7894 or tdoran@agrinews-pubs.com. Follow him on Twitter at: @AgNews_Doran.

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