As growers continue to hone in on fertilizer application precision with VRT, we are constantly looking for ways to better serve customers in this manner. While it’s common to variable-rate macronutrients like phosphate and potash, some growers also like to work in micronutrients with VRT, or even seed cover crops at a flat rate. With traditional methods, three products can be applied at once but only two of them would be applied at a variable rate. Another option would be making an additional pass to variable rate the third product or seed the cover crop. To solve this issue and maximize the trip across the field, we added a three-bin spreader to our fleet this fall.
It’s that time of year again to make your seed selections for the upcoming season. With the various soybean trait packages available, it can be tricky to know which options are best for you and your operation’s goals. To help with your seed decisions, here’s the lowdown on the products we’re offering for next season.More
By: Allyn Francis, Agronomist
Although there has been a lot of buzz on drones over the past several years, we’ve observed very few practical instances where they help growers learn more about their fields. However, this past spring (and part of summer 2019) we flew some fields as a trial run with an aerial imagery service called Taranis. Beyond the basic images standard drones provide, Taranis identifies and pinpoints weeds, insects, individual plants, and deficiencies within a field.More
We all know how valuable manure is as a nutrient source. So, it’s to no surprise that one of the most common questions we get asked near application season is ‘how do I maximize my manure’s value?’ Since stabilizing nitrogen is the biggest industry challenge, regardless of fertilizer type, our go-to recommendation is Corteva’s Instinct Nitrogen Stabilizer.More
Each year, we enjoy having interns on the team and watching their growth throughout the summer. Not even a pandemic could stop 2020 interns Zachary Badtram and Parker Werling from serving our customers, conquering an escape room, and broadening their agricultural experiences. On top of their daily crop scouting responsibilities, the interns researched, experimented, and prepared presentations for their end of summer capstone projects. Take a look!More
Today, many growers are reaping the benefits of cover crops; enhanced soil health, reduced weed pressure, and reduced erosion to name a few. One factor that may be keeping you from planting cover crops is the additional cost. Thankfully, there are many government programs available to help offset this cost. Here’s an overview of a few popular programs.More
With our warm temperatures and high humidity, Southeast Iowa is an ideal environment for diseases like gray leaf spot, northern corn leaf blight, and common rust. Not to mention the new fungal threats that seem to pop up, like tar spot (see article here). To shield your crop from the high fungal pressure of our region, fungicide application should be considered in your protection plan every growing season.More