Success in the field starts with a plan. Whether you are managing 20 acres, 200, or 2,000 acres, successful stewardship begins with understanding where you are, knowing where you want to go, and then putting together a plan to get you there. Our Agronomy department is here to help. Our team can help you analyze your existing field conditions, set realistic yield goals, and then put together a program to help achieve those goals. We offer a complete line of conventional and organic fertilizers, crop protection products, and weed and pest control solutions to give you and your crop the best chance for success. We also offer custom application services to help you get the job done on time and done right.
SOIL TESTING SERVICES
To get where you want to go, first, you need to know where you are. Success in the field starts with a good soil test. This is the best and cheapest investment you can make to begin developing your cropping plan. Typically, about $50/sample, a 40 acre analysis will only cost you about $1.25/acre. That’s an inexpensive investment in education to better understand your soil’s potential. Once you know your soil type, PH, organic matter content, CEC and the other important nutrient levels, our agronomy team and seedsmen can help you select the best crop for your soil type and then help identify the necessary inputs to achieve your yield goals. Whether it’s pasture land, hay ground, cereal grains, spud ground, orchard’s or even your lawn, regular soil testing should be the first step in your cropping plan. We can help you pull samples, analyze the soil tests, and develop recommendations based on those very important tests.
After the soil test is complete, a targeted nutrient management plan can be developed. Knowing existing nutrient levels in the soil and subtracting those levels from crop demands to achieve your field’s realistic yield goal, we then know a specific level of nutrients to add to fulfill your crop demands. Developing fertilizer recommendations based on these specific data sets allows you to make smart input decisions. Good stewardship means placing the right fertilizer at the right time in the right amounts in the right place and we can help you do just that.
If you’ve ever tended a garden, you know the challenges of keeping ahead of the weeds, the bugs, the fungus’s, the pests! Imagine taking your garden and spreading it across 40 or 100 plus acres or more. With constantly evolving pests, diseases, and weeds, crop protection is a challenging subject. At Westland Seed, our agronomy department strives to keep up on the latest products to keep your crops safe and clean. From small acreage weed control to complete crop protection, Westland has the products and experienced applicators to target the pest accurately and on time. With a full line of conventional and organic products, we are here to help.
Successful establishment of your hayfields or pastures starts with selecting high quality seed and follows with accurate seed placement and seeding rates. Our seed department can help you select the right seed based on soil types, water requirements, traffic tolerance, livestock usage, and yield goal. Because seed size is highly variable in available forage choices, understanding seeds per lb and translating that to seeds per square foot per variety in the mix is very important to achieve desired plant stand compositions. If these ratios are not kept in balance, the legume component in pasture mixes can reach levels unfit for some grazing animals. We can help develop mixes with your goals in mind and then calibrate our seeding equipment to apply just the right amount of seed in the right place with our gps guided equipment.
As producers ourselves, we understand the many complex challenges that growers face today. Maintaining profitability in the face of increasing land, equipment, labor, and input costs is challenging. Westland Seed’s unique position as producers and crop advisors, allows us to test first hand a number of agronomic strategies. We struggle with those same input decisions every farmer makes to increase yields while keeping costs down. Keeping up with the latest in equipment advances and trying new techniques, new varieties, and new strategies allows us to speak first hand and allow others learn from our experiences, successes, and failures. We are proud stewards of the land we are able to tend and do our best to increase its production potential.