Triticale: 35% increase in tons per acre

Jul 19, 2023


Production Year: 2023

Location: Lovington, NM

Program: UpTerra Water and Row Crop General Wellness

  • Planting Date: 10/01/23
  • Harvest Date: 05/16/23
  • Acres: 102
  • Seed Variety: VNS
  • Flow Device: 8-Inch
  • Set Up: Separate Control Field

Having enough water to maximize crop yield and silage quality.

Maximize biomass for silage.


  • Soil type and slope were evaluated to confirm comparability between both fields (Figure 1). 
  • Weather and historical performance were considered during the setup and analysis phase of the case study.
  • Fertilizer rates, planting populations and dates, irrigation rates, and harvest dates remained consistent between control and treatment fields. 
  • Industry-standard scouting techniques were implemented throughout the season to monitor early crop development. 
  • Historical and in-season satellite imagery was captured based on 10-day intervals when weather conditions permitted and evaluated using the Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) 
  • Scale tickets were collected to compare final yield results.

Data Collected

  • Yield – Scale Tickets
  • Satellite Imagery
  • Scouting – General
  • Historic Data

Soil Map Data

Figure 1: All soil types were loams with minimal variation. Crossover in soil types between fields was observed (Ph, St, Kh, Le).


The growing season started abnormally wet with actively stormy weather patterns causing above-average rainfall and cooler temperature averages in the SE New Mexico region for about two months. These weather patterns ceased, and the precipitation levels decreased to be low average while temperatures remained 2 to 3 degrees below average. Lack of precipitation and high wind speeds created several wind storms throughout the early spring until harvest.



Based on the scale tickets, the UpTerra treatment generated a 35% increase in tons and pounds per acre of harvested silage compared to the control field.

Tons Per Acre

35% Change

Pounds Per Acre

35% Change

Satellite Imagery

The satellite imagery taken during the 2023 growing season shows typical biomass accumulation of the control field (left) and treatment field (right) during early-season crop development. Deeper shades of green indicate more crop biomass and healthy plant growth.

Feb 4, 2023

Early on in the season, there is a distinct difference in the treated field (right)

The treated field has a higher amount of light yellow and green, showing a higher NDVI level, which indicates better plant health.

Feb 14, 2023

Noticeable differences continued throughout crop maturity.

Apr 5, 2023

Noticeable differences continued throughout crop maturity.

Apr 25, 2022

Final satellite image before irrigation is shut off. Higher NDVI on the treated field continues.

May 5, 2023

A decrease in NDVI levels is observed after turning off irrigation to prepare for dry down before harvest.