4 Questions All Vegetation Managers Should Answer This Winter

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What do your vegetation management plans look like for 2022? Now is a critical time for industry professionals to develop strategies for the months to come. This work can seem daunting at times, but a trusted industry adviser can help you answer essential questions that can improve the success of your vegetation management program in 2022 and beyond.

Having answers to the following questions will make your job a whole lot easier come springtime:

What worked last year?

If you’ve got data, you’re off to a great start. This can be used to analyze the impact your strategies had over the past year. From incompatible stem populations and weed resistance insights to product use and budget management details, review last year’s results with your trusted adviser to identify areas where your program was most successful and which products and/or strategies you should continue using in 2022.

What didn’t work last year?

Several challenges can derail the success and productivity of any vegetation management program. While budget cuts, supply chain issues and skilled labor shortages have impeded productivity in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the use of underperforming control methods also have hindered results for professionals across the country. Use your data to identify areas where your program faltered in 2021 and discuss these factors with your adviser to effectively address Question 3.

How can I improve in 2022?

Knowing which factors impeded your productivity last year is the first step to understanding the changes that can be made to improve results and productivity for your program in 2022. Whether you’re looking for a more budget-friendly approach, time-efficient control methods, or new products and strategies to enhance control of incompatible plant species throughout the land you manage, your adviser can take last year’s results into account to recommend improvements that can take your program to the next level this year and beyond.

What’s my backup plan?

As a vegetation manager, you know that everything doesn’t always go according to plan. For instance, inclement weather can derail planned treatment cycles and supply chain delays can limit product availability. As the COVID-19 pandemic enters its third year, continued staffing issues or budget restrictions may require you to revise your plans unexpectedly. In any case, your adviser can help you develop a backup plan to ensure you’re prepared for anything and everything.

Vegetation management advisers should be viewed as industry partners. That’s why the Vegetation Management Specialists with Corteva Agriscience work to provide expert advice for the diverse needs of industry professionals, including:

  • Ways to improve cost efficiency and environmental sustainability
  • Treatment timing and seasonal opportunities
  • Herbicide product recommendations
  • Application methods and best practices

Whether you manage vegetation along roadsides, utility sites, pipelines, railroads or everything in between, now’s the time to connect with a trusted adviser to discuss products, strategies and backup plans to enhance the performance of your program in the near and distant future. Connect with a vegetation management specialist in your area today to get started.


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