Roettger remembered for serving attitude

It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of a dear salesman, friend, and servant. Ray Roettger lost his battle with Lymphoma at 1:00 a.m. Sunday, November 27. ray-roettger

He was a great asset to our team and always had a
mischievous grin on his face. You could always count on Ray to help you with anything. Whether it was a fertility program for your farm or just a listening ear, he always made time for you.

As we celebrate Ray’s life this week, please feel free to send us your memories and we’ll share them on our social media pages.

Memories can be sent to our communication strategist at ksanden@agrienergy.net.

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Happy Thanksgiving

As I was going through my emails this morning, I came across the following quote. Usually, I think to myself, “What a nice thought!” And that’s as far as it goes. However, this quote really resonated within me.

The quote: “God is glorified, not by our groans, but by our thanksgivings. It is when we stop thinking about what we don’t have or what we lack, and become grateful for who we are, that we can gain access to true unlimited inspiration. Thanksgiving, after all, is a word of action.– Frank Arrigazzi

God is glorified, not by our groans, but by our thanksgivings. How many times do you catch yourself groaning? There are so many days where I tear myself down. Whether it’s, “I wish I could be as good at my job as ______,” or “I wish I had the endurance of ______ at the gym,” or “Too bad we didn’t have a house like _____,” or “If only I could be as good of a wife as _____ is to her husband.”

But then I remember. God doesn’t make mistakes. He made me for who I am and I’m exactly where I’m supposed to be at this very moment. It is when we stop thinking about what we don’t have or what we lack, and become grateful for who we are, that we can gain access to true unlimited inspiration. I realize my life isn’t so bad; it’s actually pretty great. I mean I have a job I love (and awesome customers!), a CrossFit box (gym) that’s always challenging (and cheaper than therapy!), a charming little house (filled with love and some chaos!), a supportive church family, and an adoring husband. I can’t imagine my life any other way. Now, I realize in the blink of an eye, life can change and things won’t go according to plan. But in this very moment, in this very minute, I have everything I need. I am thankful. I am grateful. I am blessed.

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Thanksgiving, after all, is a word of action. My Thanksgiving wish is that you, too, will gain true unlimited inspiration, even if it feels the world is caving in around you.

Happy Thanksgiving friends!

 

 

 

 

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Considering Organic? Omaha meeting agenda posted

As Henry Rollins once said, “In winter, I PLOT and plan. In spring, I move.” We are so excited to plot and plan with you this winter season, as early as November 29! As most of you know we have 7 seminars scheduled through February and today, we’re releasing the agenda for our Omaha meeting, which will be held the week after Thanksgiving.

Omaha will be a bit special because it will be held at Midwest Laboratories on 13611 B Street. Midwest Labs is where we send our soil samples and attendees will have an opportunity to tour their facility. It’s quite impressive really! You will get to see their tissue, soil, and microbiology labs.

Anyway, if you can join us on the 29th, and we really hope you do, this is what you’ll be in for:

  • How to Maintain a Strong Biological Component for Sustainable Crop Production – Larry Zibilske, Texas Plant and Soil Lab 
    • Biology is essential in sustainable crop production. We’ll discuss how soil microbes, organic matter, soil biology, along with chemical and organic fertilization practices effect crop production. We’ll also explore ways to test soil quality.
  • AgriEnergy Resources Biologicals – Dean Craine, AgriEnergy Resources
    • We’ll take you down the road of biological farming and how improving your soil with SP-1™, Myco Seed Treat® (Mycorrhizal Fungi) and Residuce® could potentially help benefit your bottom line!
  • Midwest Labs Q&A with John Menghini PLUS a tour – John Menghini, Midwest Labs
    • What goes into a soil analysis you may be wondering? Wonder no more. This tour will take you above and beyond what goes into a typical soil analysis. Learn about aflatoxin and petiole tests too!
  • AgriEnergy Resources Organic Products – Eric Johnston, AgriEnergy Resources 
    • Learn what our organic programs entail and how we help guide customers through the transition period. We offer many programs including soil treatments, in-row and 2X2 starters, along with side dress and foliar, using both liquid and dry organic products. Our new program includes a liquid calcium treatment, which we’ll share numerous successful stories.

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      This is an organic snap bean field located in Wisconsin. Learn tips on how to achieve a similar result in Omaha!

  • Organic Insect & Disease Control Products/Programs – Mike Wyatt, AgriEnergy Resources, Nebraska
    • Each year has it’s up’s and down’s. Learn to combat challenges with ease, no matter the situation. We’ll explore programs that include products to be used on field corn, popcorn, seed corn, dry beans, soybeans, green beans, garbanzo beans, wheat, spelt, barley, oats, emmer wheat, and various grasses.
  • Organic Weed Control – Farmer Panel 
    • Hear from real-life farmers who combat obnoxious weeds like foxtail and giant ragweed by using flamers, tine weeders, cultivators, and more! These guys have some of the cleanest fields we have ever seen!
  • Q&A with the Experts – Reggie Destree, Organic Consultant; Mike Wyatt, AgriEnergy Resources, Nebraska; Eric Johnston, AgriEnergy Resources
    • Have questions how to improve your operation? We can help. Bring your questions on wheat and specialty grains, potatoes, corn, alfalfa, vegetables, beans, and transitional cropping.

If you want to be a part of our kick-off event from 9am-4:30pm, please reserve your spot by November 21 by calling 815-872-1190 or info@agrienergy.net.

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2016-2017 Winter “Plot” Tour

By now, most of you should have received our postcard detailing our Winter “Plot” Tour. If you haven’t please let us know so we can get you on our mailing list. In the meantime, we put together this exciting digital invite.

As Henry Rollins once said, “In winter, I PLOT and plan. In spring, I move.” We are so excited to plot and plan with you this winter season. Reserve your spot today by calling 815-872-1190 or info@agrienergy.net.

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Weather Wednesday 11/9/16

The weather here in Bureau County, Illinois continues to be absolutely gorgeous! Even for November. Blue skies and sunshine make for a happy husband! Some guys are finishing up with harvest while others are starting field work around these parts.

Here’s a look at what our guys have been seeing in the field:

Galen Nissley (Honeyville): It’s been on the wet side here in Northern Indiana. Harvest is about done and some guys are working ground. We are predicted to be down to 28 degrees by Friday.

Eric Johnston: Harvest season is winding down for most farmers here in North Central Illinois. Some have finished, while others have been making good progress with the nice weather we’ve had. The nice weather has also been ideal for growers to apply Residuce®.

Tom Adams (Maraseed Inc.): Our weather has been very unseasonably warm with good rains in New York; supposed to get colder this weekend. Corn is pretty much done, a few fields around that are still standing. But for the most part, they are finished. Cover crops are in and up. Saw some 5th cutting being chopped yesterday, which is pretty unusual for that to happen. All in all, we have enjoyed a beautiful fall, with good crops in spite of our very dry and hot summer.

We’d love to help you weatherproof your soils. Want to learn more? Join us in Omaha, Nebraska on November 29 as we kick off a series of winter meetings. We’ll discuss topics such as cover crops, weed control, and fertility inputs. Plus tour Midwest Laboratories. The meeting will be held from 9am-5pm at Midwest Laboratories, 13611 B St., Omaha, NE 68144. Kindly respond by November 21 by calling 815.872.1190 or info@agrienergy.net.

 

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Weather Wednesday 11/02/16

Can you believe Thanksgiving is only 3 weeks away?! My mind is still trying to wrap itself around the fact that it’s November already! And so far, we’ve been experiencing a pleasant Indian Summer. Warm, mild temps have kept harvest rolling along.

Here’s a look at what our guys are seeing in the field:

Mike Wyatt: In Nebraska, we’ve had above average temps by at least 10 degrees and it’s been dry. Corn harvest is winding down, maybe 15 percent in the field as of today. Yields are 15 bushels below expectation.

Galen Nissley (Honeyville): In Northern Indiana, we had temps in the 70’s yesterday and today there’s a 55% chance of rain in the afternoon. Most large grain farmers are well under way with fall tillage; some are still finishing up harvest. I began harvesting corn yesterday with moisture around 20%.

Tom Adams (Maraseed Inc.): It got down to 22 degrees yesterday in New York. It’s been clear and just beautiful. We did get some snow last week.

Gary Campbell: There was more rain in the Green Bay, Wisconsin area. It continues to be tough to get crops harvested and last cutting of hay made. In Southwest Ohio this week, temps were around 80 and harvest is almost wrapped up. Great conditions for applying Residuce® in corn and produce fields, as well as orchards.

Ken Musselman: Black bean harvest is finally finished in North Central Iowa. Yields around 50 bu/acre, which is great considering all the rain.

Eric Johnston: Harvest is progressing nicely in North Central Illinois. We finished harvest on our own farm Monday morning. Now we just have to get the rest of our cover crops spread and spray Residuce®. Besides a few minor combine repairs, it was a smooth harvest this year.

And with that, here’s to another week of harvest.

New to Daily Dirt? We’d love to help you weatherproof your soils. Comment below with where you’re from and we’ll get you in contact with the right person!

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Weather Wednesday 10/26/16

Harvest continues to roll along here in Bureau County. There’s light at the end of the tunnel! If the weather cooperates throughout the next week, most guys should be nearing the end.

Here’s a look at what our guys are seeing in the field:

Gary Campbell: Much of Western Ohio received 2 inches of rain last Thursday, so just getting rolling again. Corn yields are in the 170-200 bushel range, and beans 50-70, depending on severity of the summer drought and August storm damage. Still waiting on double-crop beans to mature, but most should do well. The warm temps and moisture has been perfect for Residuce® applications, residue recycling and cover crops are off to a great start!

Mike Wyatt: We are having ideal weather for fall harvest in Nebraska. Day time temps are in the upper 60’s and the nights are in the low 30’s. No rain and no rain forecasted. Harvest for the remaining fall crops is progressing rapidly. Dry land corn yields cover a range from 80 to 130 bushel per acre. Irrigated corn yields are 200 to 250 bushel per acre. Popcorn yielding around 5500 lbs per acre. Sugar beets are close to 40 tons per acre, no report on sugar content.

Galen Nissley (Honeyville): Most farmers have switched to beans in Northern Indiana. We have a lot of heavy soil in this area, so moisture has been an issue. The temperature has been in the 40’s and today is cold, rainy, and windy. We have a couple nicer days predicted so farmers will be able to continue with harvest.

Tom Adams (Maraseed Inc.): The weather is very cool in New York, 40’s and 50’s. We got 1.5 inches of rain last week, which was much needed. Some guys are starting to combine corn and soybeans. Silage and hay is done. It’ll be a couple weeks before harvest is done.

Eric Johnston: Farmers made progress getting the crops harvested in North Central Illinois this past week. A customer’s soybeans made over 90 bushels/acre. He said he had never seen the yield monitor go above 100 so many times harvesting soybeans. Our Residuce® and some of our foliar products were applied on that particular field.

And with that, here’s to another week of harvest.

New to Daily Dirt? We’d love to help you weatherproof your soils. Comment below with where you’re from and we’ll get you in contact with the right person!

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Weather Wednesday 10/19/16

The unusual warm weather for this time of year has harvest clipping right along. It got up into the 80’s this week with very little moisture. At this rate, guys will have enough time to apply Residuce® to shoot for higher yields next year.

Here’s a look at what our guys are seeing in the field:

Mike Wyatt: We are having beautiful fall weather in Nebraska. Day time highs in the 70’s, nights in the low 30’s. No precipitation. Harvest is in a pause due to wet corn, should get started again in about a week.

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The hay crop in Montana is literally under water.

Ken Musselman: There’s too much rain in North Central Montana. It’s too wet to pick up hay bales, spray fallow ground, or pick up rocks.

Gary Campbell: Harvest is progressing quickly in Michigan and Ohio, with highly variable yields caused by the dry summer. Edible bean harvest has been a challenge in Wisconsin, with spotty showers plus warm temps keeping plants (and weeds) green and moist. A farmer in Southeast Minnesota reports good yields despite the excessive rains & flooding in September.

Ray Roettger: It’s sunny and in the high 60’s in Northern Indiana, however it looks like rain tomorrow. In Southern Indiana, the temperature got up in the high 80’s. There was a light shower this morning, but harvest is moving along great.

Eric Johnston: Harvest is progressing rapidly here in Northern Illinois. With ideal weather the past few days, a lot of beans have been harvested. It’s been a bit of a struggle, for some guys, though, because of wind damage. Looks like we are set for nice weather to continue this week.

And with that, here’s to another week of harvest.

New to Daily Dirt? We’d love to help you weatherproof your soils. Comment below with where you’re from and we’ll get you in contact with the right person!

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Fall fertility meeting in Ohio

Here’s another opportunity to learn about fall fertility if you missed our summer seminar about a month ago. We will be speaking on nutrient management and profitability with starters, foliar feeding, and fall fertility programs at an informational meeting hosted by Tom Besecker of Advanced Biological Solutions on November 1 from 9:30am-3:30pm in Cynthiana, Ohio.

We will be joining speakers Reggie Destree and Tom Besecker to bring you a day jam-packed with useful information. Reggie will be sharing about soil health, pest & disease control, weed control, and vegetable production. Tom will be sharing about cover crops and tips to improve pastures. We are so excited to be a part of this event and sincerely hope you can make it too!

A complimentary lunch will be provided for those with advanced registration. Please RSVP to Tom Besecker at 937-459-5104 or Michael Auker 937-365-1329 by October 26. The meeting will be held at the Town Hall in downtown Cynthiana.

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Weather Wednesday 10/12/16

It’s been pretty good harvest weather around here this past week. The weekend was absolutely beautiful. Sunny with a light breeze; blue skies. What the hubby calls a perfect fall day! Especially for picking corn!

Here’s a look at what our guys are seeing in the field:

Eric Johnston: Around North Central Illinois we received around an inch of rain last Thursday that kept guys out of the fields for a few days but its been full steam ahead with harvest since then. The temps have been in the high 60’s to 70 degrees during the day to 40 to 50 degrees during the night.

Ken Musselman: Several days of fair weather has allowed for corn and soybean harvest to progress over large areas of Indiana, Illinois and Iowa. Dry edible bean harvest has been a challenge for many due to narrow harvest windows. Late season growth due to excessive late summer rains has caused additional challenges due to immature green beans being on the same plant as dry beans.

Gary Campbell: Drier weather for the past week has enabled harvest to get rolling in Central Wisconsin, Michigan and Northern Ohio. In the areas that were deluged with water in September, a more normal October has helped hay and corn silage get wrapped up with grain harvest just beginning. Hopefully a few showers this week won’t slow things down too much!

Mike Wyatt: Temperatures in Nebraska are in the low 60’s during the day, nights are in the low 30’s and upper 20’s. Occasional rain showers, not much to measure. Irrigated corn is starting to be harvested, no yield reports at this time.

Ray Roettger: In Southern  Indiana, the highs have been in the low 80’s and dry; great harvest weather. In Northern Indiana, the highs have been in the upper 70’s and dry allowing harvest to move ahead at a good pace. New York is mostly dry and cool with highs in the upper 60’s to low 70’s.

And with that, here’s to another week of harvest.

New to Daily Dirt? We’d love to help you weatherproof your soils. Comment below with where you’re from and we’ll get you in contact with the right person!

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