Field Ready Podcast

Farming is a challenging business with many factors affecting the outcome of the growing season.  On the 1st and 15th of every month, join genetics and biotechnology expert Jim Robinson, Rob-See-Co Corn & Soybean Product Manager, for the Rob-See-Co Field Ready podcast.  Jim will provide the latest information on technology, product challenges and ag industry trends, and interview agronomy specialists, growers and other guests from across the Midwest and the seed industry about their experience in the current agriculture environment.  If you grow corn, soybeans, alfalfa or sorghum or are interested the latest information on seed, this podcast is for you.

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Episodes

Rob-See-Co Field Ready 13: Making Replant Decisions in Corn
May 15, 2020

Tune in to hear Rob-See-Co Field Ready podcast host Jim Robinson, Rob-See-Co Corn & Soybean Product Manager and guest Jacob Foley, Rob-See-Co Product Evaluation Lead talk about the factors that play the largest role in corn replant decisions.  What are common emergence problems growers may run into?  How do soil conditions impact the decision?  Are there ways to reduce costs when replanting?  What can hurt your stand count, affect stand establishment and how to evaluate a stand field-wide?  What is a grower’s yield potential based on planting dates?  Get the answers to these questions and more in today’s podcast and make the best replant decision for your farm.

Rob-See-Co Field Ready 12: Innovations in Corn  & Soybeans with Guest Harry Stine
May 1, 2020

In this episode Rob-See-Co Field Ready Podcast host Jim Robinson, Rob-See-Co Corn & Soybean Product Manager and guest Harry Stine, CEO Stine Seed Company, discuss the history of corn & soybean innovations and what we can expect in the future.  In the past there were few soybeans grown in the U.S. and soybeans yielded 32 bushels per acre.  Now we have 70 million acres per year in the U.S. and the yield is up to 80 or 90 bushels per acre.  Times have changed.  Listen as Harry and Jim discuss maximizing return on investment, the next generation of innovations, and developments in herbicides, pesticides and the traits that have made it possible to get higher yields, healthier crops and plant large acreages while managing pest/weed risks.

Rob-See-Co Field Ready Special Episode: COVID-19’s Affect on Growers and the 2020 Planting Season
April 17, 2020

In this special episode, host Jim Robinson, Corn & Soybean Product Manager at Rob-See-Co, and guest Craig Frenzen, a grower in Fullerton, NE and also a Business Associate for Rob-See-Co, discuss how COVID-19 has impacted families, the ag market, and farming operations.  Listen in as they cover the consequences of lower commodity and cattle prices, possible effects on supply chain, changes in working with vendors, and how plans for the future may be impacted. Jim also shares information gathered from national supply chain sources on how they’re adapting their services for the local ag communities.

Rob-See-Co Field Ready 11: Independent Seed Companies - Speed Boats Among Battleships
April 15, 2020

Tune in to this episode when Rob-See-Co Field Ready Podcast host Jim Robinson, Rob-See-Co Corn & Soybean Product Manager talks to Todd Martin, CEO of the Independent Professional Seed Association (IPSA) about the history of independent seed companies, the current state of the industry, and how he sees the business changing in the future.  Farmers appreciate the relationships and simplicity of an independent seed company, as well as their focus and expertise in finding the best products for specific geographies. These companies are nimble and with the market always changing, this is an important benefit for growers.

Rob-See-Co Field Ready 10: Sudden Death Syndrome in Soybeans
April 1, 2020

In this episode host Jim Robinson, Rob-See-Co Corn & Soybean Product Manager and guest Lance Goettsch, Product Evaluation Lead at Rob-See-Co, discuss Sudden Death Syndrome in soybeans - the cause, disease cycle, risk factors and ways to manage the disease.  This disease can impact soybean yield by 50% or more, so it is vital to understand how to identify SDS and manage risk through practices such as field selection and seed selection, especially in states with a higher predominance of corn and soybean rotation.  Tune in to learn how to reduce your risk for Sudden Death Syndrome before planting season begins.

Rob-See-Co Field Ready 09: Soybean Planting Dates for Higher Yields
March 15, 2020

Tune in to this episode as host Jim Robinson, Rob-See-Co Corn & Soybean Product Manager and guest Nate Meyer, Product Evaluation Lead at Rob-See-Co discuss how yield is impacted by soybean planting dates.  These experts discuss the benefits of planting early such as gaining 3-5 bushels per acre, gaining more stems per node, and being quicker to canopy. They also discussed some risks and how to minimize them based on frost date, seed treatment, and starting with a clean field that’s ready to be planted.  Learn the facts about early soybean planting and how to best maximize profitability and yield.

Rob-See-Co Field Ready 08: Corn Planting Dates for Higher Yields
March 1, 2020

What are the benefits and risks of planting corn early? How is yield impacted based on your planting date? In this episode host Jim Robinson, Rob-See-Co Corn &Soybean Product Manager and guest Jacob Foley, Product Evaluation Lead at Rob-See-Co answer these questions and discuss topics such as finding the sweet spot of relative maturity,understanding how soil temperatures and moisture levels affect planting time, as well as why pollination weather is so important. Tune in to this episode to learn the factors that should be considered when planting corn so you are ready for the upcoming corn planting season.

Rob-See-Co Field Ready 07: Learning from Your Farm
Feb 15, 2020

On this episode host Jim Robinson, Rob-See-Co Corn & Soybean Product Manager and guest Wayne Fithian, Agronomy Manager at Rob-See-Co, give an overview of the different practices’ growers can implement to learn more about their farm.  It’s important to do multiple comparisons to get the most thorough and reliable information. Jim and Wayne discuss best practices for tests such as Genetic Strip Trials, Split Planters, Trait Package Comparisons, Soybean Seed Treatments and Seeding Rates.  What to measure, how to measure, what are real statistical differences and how to determine ROI are all covered in this enlightening episode.

Rob-See-Co Field Ready 06: Corn Rootworm Beetle Monitoring Project Results
February 1, 2020

On this week’s podcast host Jim Robinson, Rob-See-Co Corn & Soybean Product Manager and guest Wayne Fithian, Agronomy Manager at Rob-See-Co, discuss and analyze the results of Rob-See-Co’s Corn Rootworm Beetle Project that was conducted in 2019.  The goals of the project were to help customers understand the number of Beetles in their fields, predict CRW pressure for 2020 and to measure the advantage of Agrisure Duracade.  Trap project observations provided cooperators with documentation of corn rootworm beetles flight during pollination, which coincided with timing of trap deployment. Listen in to learn the results of the study as well as where you can go to get a more detailed look at the study.

Rob-See-Co Field Ready 05: The Challenges and Opportunities for Young Farmers in 2020
January 15, 2020

These days most farmers are older and nearing retirement age but there are some younger people who are choosing to carry on their family legacy.  This week on the Rob-See-Co Field Ready Podcast host Jim Robinson, Rob-See-Co Corn & Soybean Product Manager talks to one of those younger farmers.  Andrew Neujahr farms out of Waverly, NE and has his own operation, but still works closely with his Dad and Uncle who are farming land his grandfather began farming in 1956.

Listen as Andrew discusses his biggest challenges in starting his own operation, the additional revenue sources that are available to him, the digital tools that he uses to run efficiently, and his advice to students and younger farmers just starting out.

Rob-See-Co Field Ready 04: 2019 Results of Planting Cover Crops and the Potential Impact in 2020
January 1, 2020

This week on the Rob-See-Co Field Ready Podcast host Jim Robinson, Rob-See-Co Corn & Soybean Product Manager and Rob-See-Co Product Evaluation Lead Kip Rowe discuss the challenges that led farmers to use cover crops in 2019 as well as the repercussions farmers may see in 2020. Tune in to hear about the benefits of different species of cover crops, the challenges of insect control with these cover crops and the management practices and technologies needed to identify and combat insects such as Army Worms and Cut Worms. They also examine the difference between Agrisure Viptera and other traits on the market today.

Rob-See-Co Field Ready 03: 2019 Year in Review
December 15, 2019

2019 was a challenging year for many growers.  Winter lingered and spring rains and flooding caused delayed planting.  But, what can we learn from this year? Tune in to hear host Jim Robinson, Rob-See-Co Corn & Soybean Product Manager and Wayne Fithian, Agronomy Manager at Rob-See-Co as they look back at dominant weather patterns in recent years, discuss the 2019 season from planting to harvest, review overall product performance, and provide recommendations on how to prepare for 2020.

Rob-See-Co Field Ready 02:  Enlist E3 - Safe. Simple. Superior
December 1, 2019

This week on the Rob-See-Co Field Ready Podcast we discuss the Enlist E3 system with host Jim Robinson, Rob-See-Co Corn & Soybean Product Manager and Wayne Fithian, Agronomy Manager at Rob-See-Co. The discussion centers on the Safe, Simple and Superior benefits of the Enlist E3 system, how it compares to other soybean platforms, and the advantages of tolerance to 3 herbicides - glyphosate, glufosinate and 2,4-D Choline. Tune in to learn about the best management strategies for low & moderate weed pressure fields as well as high weed pressure fields where glyphosate resistant weeds are present.

Rob-See-Co Field Ready 01:  Welcome to our podcast!
November 15, 2019

This week we launch our first Field Ready Podcast hosted by Jim Robinson, Rob-See-Co Corn & Soybean Product Manager.  Jim interviews special guest Rob Robinson about the history of Rob See Co, their philosophy of doing business and why its important to be an independent seed company, as well as what it means to be “Field Ready.”  Jim also gives an overview of topics that will be covered in upcoming podcasts.