Farmers Cooperative Company to Now Report Growing Degree Unit Data Using New NK
Brand Electronic Monitor
The Farmers Cooperative Company, located at
Hinton, Oyens, LeMars and Akron, has
partnered with Syngenta Seeds, Inc., marketer of NK® Brand seed products, to
provide local area farmers convenient access to important crop management data
with a new monitoring device conveniently displayed in-store.
this month, the Coop will be able to provide farmer-customers with localized
Growing Degree Unit (GDU) data collected by a unique electronic device, the new
NK Brand® Agrometer from Syngenta Seeds.
The NK Brand® Agrometer uses internal chip technology to capture
localized GDU information. Those data are displayed in three digital read-outs:
year-to-date GDUs, plus/minus multi-year GDU average for the county, and
alternating time and outdoor temperature readings.
As part of its
partnership, Syngenta Seeds provided The Farmers Cooperative Company the NK Brand®
Agrometer to install at the dealership.
Measuring approximately 10-inches square, the unit hangs on a wall like
a clock. A cable connects it to a digital temperature sensor placed outdoors. The Agrometer unit itself will be
supplemented with a display containing updated, localized literature from
Syngenta agronomists explaining how GDU levels are impacting corn and soybean
crop performance in the immediate vicinity.
pleased to join The Farmers Cooperative Company in providing growers the first-ever
access to convenient, localized, GDU data on a daily basis, says Jack Bernens,
vice president of marketing at Syngenta Seeds.
These readings will improve a farmers ability to better predict hybrid
performance, and consequently to make more informed crop management and
agricultural experts have determined that the growth and development of corn is
highly dependent on GDUs, which are calculated as the amount of heat
accumulated over time to achieve crop maturity levels. In fact, some agronomists believe that GDUs
have slightly greater influence on overall crop performance than either soil
moisture or rainfall.
are committed to providing farmers the tools and information they need to
manage their businesses successfully, says Ron Lorenzen, Agronomy
Manager, Localized GDU data will
provide yet another useful measure of what they can anticipate in terms of this
years crop performance.
Farmers Cooperative Company joins a network of over 800 dealers and farm news
media throughout the Corn Belt who have been selected by Syngenta to receive
the NK Brand® Agrometer. Syngenta Seeds will supplement readings
collected by the units with frequent updates from its team of agronomists about
how current GDU levels will likely affect corn crop performance.