FIRST is a group of independent businesses and host farmers who have organized consistently designed yield performance trials in 15 states throughout the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic for the last 24 years. FIRST provides yield results within days of harvest free of charge to the public, reporting the per-location and regional performance of top products in the tests.
“We’ve been working to make our dataset more searchable and easy to use,” said Kevin Coey, FIRST’s founder and general manager. Product Search allows visitors to access individual products’ yield performance data, including interactive maps of yields and location details such as plant date, soil texture, and tillage.
This Spring, the beta version of Product Search displays 2019 data, and 2020 information will be added during harvest. “In Fall 2020, users will be able to save their favorite products from the Search, reviewing multiple products at once, along with other features,” says FIRST’s information product manager, Jessie Prenger Bhalerao. The last 12 years of harvest reports are also available on interactive maps and tables on FIRST’s website.
“Producers could face weather challenges during planting, with added coronavirus worries this Spring. We wanted to make this new tool available for Spring product decisions and gear up for adding 2020 harvest data in the Fall,” Bhalerao noted.
Visit www.firstseedtests.com/product-search/ to try the new tool.
Contact: Jessie Prenger Bhalerao, Information Product Manager