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How does your farm management system score?

Approximately 10 mins

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When filling in this scorecard, you'll be presented with a set of mindsets to read through. For each one, you'll rate where you currently are, and where you would like to be in the future. Once you've completed the scorecard, an email with your completed scorecard will be sent to you.

In order to begin, the following issues need to be addressed:

Mindset 1: Crop Planning

Select a number on each side, one for where you feel you score currently, and where you want to be.

Currently, I am I want to be
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Evolving and changing depending on the market. It doesn't matter as I use bin run seed and set my drill the same every year.
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Following a rotation but can be easily swayed by the market. In good years my drill hides my mistakes.
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Following an agronomically sound rotation but am influenced by the market. I purchase new seed if my current lot is poor quality.
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Creating a detailed plan for each field based on sound agronomy and profit goals.
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Mindset 2: Nutrient Management

Select a number on each side, one for where you feel you score currently, and where you want to be.

Currently, I am I want to be
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Doing what I always do.
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Soil testing once and a while. If it pencils out I may change my blend once and a while.
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Looking at 4R management and implementing decisions based on soil and tissue tests.
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Applying 4R principles to comprehensive historical data based on zones within each field.
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Mindset 3: Pest Management Plan

Select a number on each side, one for where you feel you score currently, and where you want to be.

Currently, I am I want to be
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Reacting to issues as they arise on my farm. I often use the same products every year.
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Making pesticide decisions based on rebate programs and the state of the crop at harvest last fall.
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Planning pest control based on historical data. The plan is adjusted based on in-season conditions.
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Proactively making long term pest control decisions. I rotate AIs and groups to avoid resistance.
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Mindset 4: Target Yield

Select a number on each side, one for where you feel you score currently, and where you want to be.

Currently, I am I want to be
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Depending on weather to dictate yields.
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Setting target yields but haven't formally tested my goals.
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Pushing the envelope with target yields. I track basic costs and assume I am hitting my goals.
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Hitting increasing yield and protein targets. I know my cost per bushel for each crop type.
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Mindset 5: Profitability & Productivity

Select a number on each side, one for where you feel you score currently, and where you want to be.

Currently, I am I want to be
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Being profitable by pricing around for inputs.
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Working on profitability but am limited by logistics. I am hesitant to invest in new ideas.
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One of the more productive farms in my area.
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My unit cost of production is continually the lowest in the area. I invest in quality knowledge.
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Mindset 6: Diagnostics

Select a number on each side, one for where you feel you score currently, and where you want to be.

Currently, I am I want to be
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Experienced enough to make my own decisions.
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Scouting a few fields when I suspect there may be a problem. I spray if I find issues.
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Scouting representative field of each crop type to base whole farm decisions on.
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Regularly scouting and combining historical data with current conditions to make preventative decisions.
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Mindset 7: Constant Growth

Select a number on each side, one for where you feel you score currently, and where you want to be.

Currently, I am I want to be
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At the point where I know all I need to know. Seminars and sales people waste my time.
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Attending seminars and shows occasionally. I read about agronomic issues if I have time.
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Learning and thinking outside the box, but typically revert back to doing the same thing every year.
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Always looking for new strategies to increase productivity and profitability. I know that silver bullets don't exist.
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Mindset 8: Work & Life Balance

Select a number on each side, one for where you feel you score currently, and where you want to be.

Currently, I am I want to be
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A slave to my farm and the weather. I am always putting out fires.
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Using a lot of technology on my farm. I am unsure how much it is benefiting me.
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Enjoying farming and like to be on the leading edge. I have time for my family, but should do a better job of verifying my profitability.
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Enjoying farming because I feel in control of the decisions I am making. I have time for family and hobbies.
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