Tune in at 10 a.m. EST for findings from 2020 planting demonstrations and real-time Q&A with AGCO agronomists.
AGCO will premiere the Fendt Momentum Virtual Crop Tour at 10 a.m. EST Friday, Nov. 20, 2020, on Fendt TV. The program, airing on YouTube, will recap findings from the fifth year of AGCO Crop Tour on-farm planting demonstrations designed to help producers improve stand establishment and optimize yields.
“The goal of the AGCO Crop Tour is to help growers understand how soil and equipment interactions impact crop establishment, growth and yields,” says Jason Lee, AGCO agronomist and farm solutions specialist.
“Through the Virtual Crop Tour, growers can see the difference best planting practices can make on their farms. Proper planter settings and the right agronomic decisions for field conditions can help them attain the even emergence and consistent stands needed for optimum yields.”
Producers are invited to register for the event, request updates before the premiere and set reminders to watch from their phones, tablets or computers. While the program will be available online in the future, on November 20th growers will have the opportunity to ask questions and get answers in real time from AGCO agronomists and product specialists.
The 2020 AGCO Crop Tour on-farm locations were planted with pre-production models of the new Fendt Momentum planter in side-by-side plots. Some locations included plots to demonstrate how the planter’s Load Logic weight-management system combines with Precision Planting technologies to deliver planting accuracy while limiting soil compaction.
The AGCO Virtual Crop Tour will include educational segments on:
- The effect of various planting depths on seedling emergence, plant population and yield
- The yield benefits of seed spacing accuracy versus skips and doubles
- Correct row unit downforce
- The impact of soil compaction and pinch rows on stand establishment and yield
- Reducing compaction at planting
Live answers to viewer questions will be provided via the chat function during the event.
The 2020 AGCO Crop Tour plots were planted at Pontiac, Illinois; Stewartville, Minnesota; Casselton, North Dakota; Baltic, South Dakota; and Chillicothe, Ohio, to demonstrate best planting practices and soil compaction management in a variety of soil and field conditions.
Traditionally, growers and dealers would have been invited to in-person plot demonstrations in July and August. This year in consideration of customer health and concerns about COVID-19, AGCO filmed observations at the plots to virtually share agronomic knowledge gained from the 2020 AGCO Crop Tour. In-season field reports are available on Fendt’s website, with future updates noted on Twitter.