Planting population, spacing and timing will be the top

Planting population, spacing and timing will be the topics of a March 1 webinar. The session is one in a series of Innovation to Go webinars. (Photo credit: Jocyln Bushman/Iowa Soybean Association)

Innovation to Go Webinar Series kicks off March 1

February 24, 2022 | Kriss Nelson

Tuesday, March 1 will be the first in a series of webinars featuring reliable, farmer-focused research results involving agronomics conservation, analytics and engagement opportunities through the Iowa Soybean Association.

The first Innovation to Go Webinar will focus on planting population, spacing, timing and more.

“Spacing has an impact on growth and development,” says Anthony Martin, ISA senior field services program manager. “Population is important because it can have a direct impact on plant health. Too high of populations can result in plants competing for the same resources. This is also a direct cost on the farmer where seed costs are going to be one, if not the highest input cost the grower incurs.”

Martin says he will present planting date/relative maturity trials from the last three years and will introduce ISA’s online tools that are available through the website.

“There will be a focus on the field population planning tool and how to use other resources to gather historical data to help make decisions,” he says.

Innovation to Go Webinars

Hosted by ISA’s Research Center for Farming Innovation (RCFI), the Innovation to Go webinars will be held monthly from March to September. Interested attendees can register here at no participation cost.

Biological Products:Apr. 5, 12-1 p.m.  Learn about new biological products tested by ISA researchers, as well as general recommendations for when it makes sense to use them.

Water Monitoring and Quality: May 3, 12-1 p.m. ISA’s water lab analyzed more than 4,100 individual samples for 20 monitoring projects in 2021. Join ISA staff to discuss past results, preview early 2022 data and learn how water monitoring can benefit your operation and stewardship goals.

Farmer Data to Develop More Profitable Crop Management Systems: Jun. 7, 12-1 p.m. Learn about a multi-year project on soybean yield variability across Iowa’s geographic regions, involvement opportunities and outcomes to guide regional management practices to increase profitability.

More webinar opportunities will take place on Jul. 12, Aug. 2, and Sept. 13, with topics announced this spring.