How much growers and their retailers utilize soil testing and scouting varies greatly. But they should step up their game here, say experts CropLife® magazine touched base with for news in these disciplines. Why? Soil testing gives producers insights on how and where to best spend their limited fertilizer dollars. And scouting, especially during times of tight margins, can be a way to make better pest management decisions.
Landscape diversification, including the use of cover crops, can provide habitat and forage for beneficial insects. This is especially true in the spring when there is a lack of food. Alternatively, cover crops can also support field crop pests, including moths, beetles, flies and slugs. The early spring vegetation, sometimes called a “green bridge,” provides...Read more
Last year we threw out a few people that we like to follow for scouting wisdom from the field. We try to keep our ears to the ground, but the territory is growing and we like following along with what others are doing. If you missed the first edition of Twitter scouting, you can find...Read more
Taken from our years as scouts, our current scouting activities, and working with customers, ScoutPro is the in-season tool to be accurate, efficient, and consistent. ScoutPro provides users with a work-flow based system for an extension of what you're already doing in the field. Consider the typical challenges of a scouting program: - Inexperienced staff