Weather Wednesday 8/24/16

The weather has been insane today. One of the big maple’s on the property got struck by lightning either late last night or the wee hours of the morning. Needless to say, today has been crazy hectic trying to get our internet back up and the mess cleaned up. But we did it and most everything is back up and running smoothly!

So, without further ado, here’s your weekly weather report:

Ken Mussleman: Northeast Iowa continues to get adequate to excessive rains. There’s quite a bit of SDS showing up in bean fields. With the frequent rain showers, it’s difficult to make hay. In Bureau and Henry County, Illinois there’s some wind damage and ponding water. They both had 2.5-3.5 inches of rain overnight. Beans are lodged from excessive moisture.

Gary Campbell: In Michigan, what used to be dry for most of the summer, is now very wet. Several growers report 8-10″ over the past 3 weeks, with localized patches of over 5″ last weekend. The crops are moving toward maturity, and overall, looking good.

Eric Johnston: This past week has brought a good amount of moisture with different rain events happening throughout Northern Illinois.  This morning we received a nice shower – looks like we got around ¾ inch.

And with that, here’s to another week of watching your crops mature!

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Upcoming Field Days

If your summer has gotten away from you and you haven’t had a chance to connect with us at a field day, there’s still a few more opportunities – August 25 in Spalding, Nebraska or August 31 in Sterling, Ohio.

Whether you’re interested in organic row crops or organic dairy, there’s bound to be something for everyone:

shadow seeding popcorn

You’ll get to see fields such as this popcorn field at Glaser’s.

  • Glaser Farm Field Day – Join Jerry and Cindy Glaser at their farm, 50206 820th St., Spalding, Nebraska, for a day filled with networking and education from 10:30am-3:00pm on Thursday, August 25. The Glaser’s farm 750 irrigated organic crop acres and pasture to support 400 cow/calf pairs and organic grass-finished beef. They manage a rotation program incorporating popcorn, corn, beans, small grains, forages, and alfalfa grass mixes. The husband-wife team will share why they do what they do through guided field tours of several of their fields. Please RSVP to AgriEnergy Resources 815-872-1190.
  • Organic Valley Field Day – Hosted by the Scott Stoller family of Sterling, Ohio, theOrganic Valley Field Day will take a closer look into how one Organic Valley member is meeting the demands for organic milk, grain, and forages. Scott has been a
    Scott Stoler

    Scott Stoller’s organic dairy farm.

    member of Organic Valley for several years, producing organic milk, corn, alfalfa, clover, wheat sorghum sudan, and pasture. Tour his farm and learn what it takes to produce high quality organic milk from 9:30am-3:30pm Wednesday, August 31 at Scott Stoller’s farm, 10451 Eby Road, Sterling, Ohio. Please RSVP to John Daniel Schlabach 330-683-7321 or 330-465-1794 by August 24.


Hope to see you at one or both of these upcoming field days!

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SP-1 & organic starter: a powerful duo

The combination of SP-1 and an organic starter is proving to be powerful in corn, yet again. While on a field visit in Central Wisconsin in mid-August, one of our sales agronomists made the following observations.

Gary's roots edited


The combination of SP-1 and the organic starter, which includes Dramm EK-Sulfate, and micronutrients, was applied at planting. Note, the treated set has a larger root system as compared to the untreated plants. Treated plants also had more mature ears that are filled out through the tip.

Gary's corn edited


Like what you see and want to add some SP-1 and other products to your program yet this fall? We have some major discounts going on. Dramm fish products have a 15% cash discount and all other products have a 10% cash discount when paid within 10 days of invoicing. Click here for more information.

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Doudlah Field Day Recap

Last week, we had the opportunity to talk about soil biology in Mark Doudlah’s organic corn field during his field day in Wisconsin. It was a very well attended event and we had a blast chatting with everyone! Check out the highlights below!

If you like what you saw, we’re hosting a biological seminar and field day in Princeton, Illinois on September 8! We’ll be discussing soil biology, the impacts of antioxidants and polyamines in crop production, organic and conventional products for plant protection, fall fertility programs, field tours, and more. Click here for more details.

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FALL SPECIALS through November 1st


Did you hear about our FALL SPECIALS?

Whether you need a late season foliar to finish out this year’s crop, or you’re ready to set the table for next year’s crop, we’re here to help you.

What you do today sets the tone for your next growing season. Why not make it a great one with some major DISCOUNTS?

The following discounts are good on deliveries through November 1:

  • 15% cash discount on all Dramm fish products
  • *10% cash discount on all other products when paid
    within 10 days of billing

*Offer excludes commodities and pesticides.

Give us a call today!


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Weather Wednesday 8/17

It has been absolutely crazy in terms of weather this last week.

I had the opportunity to go the Illinois State Fair this past week helping my family with our show cattle this past weekend. Little did we know what was about to happen as we entered the ring to compete for Champion Angus Friday evening. A loud clap of thunder, followed by blackness and a torrential downpour. Within 10 minutes, the show got postponed and the fairgrounds were flooded. Never seen anything like it! Show supplies were floating out of the barn, power cords were under water, campers and trucks were nearly submerged. Complete chaos. It was a miracle no one was injured and all the cattle were okay. Talk about an exciting start to the Illinois State Fair. See the pics here.

Thankfully the rest of the Midwest didn’t see as much rain. Here’s a look at what our sales agronomists have been seeing this past week:

Ken Musselman: This week I’ve been traveling in Southeast Iowa through Northern Missouri, and on into Northeast Kansas. For the most part, they all were very dry in June and have gotten adequate to excess moisture since then. This week has been cooler; a welcome relief after all the hot weather. Crops are looking good, and some corn is within 2 weeks of maturity.

Mike Wyatt: Weather in Western Nebraska is very normal. Isolated thunder storms pop up in the late evenings. Hailed on one pivot of corn last night. Day temps are in the nineties, night temps are getting down into the upper fifties. That is usually a sign of seasonal change starting. We will need good rains for wheat drilling in mid-September.

Gary CampbellEastern and Central Wisconsin have been getting timely rains. The crops look very good and hay has been growing. Drier parts of Ohio and Michigan have received some rain in the past week, but need more.

Ray Roettger: We’ve had rain about everyday in Southern Indiana and Southern Illinois. It’s also been hot and wet. Northern Indiana has been on the dry side, but now has adequate moisture and crops are growing well. Central New York hasn’t had much rain, although they did receive some rain which has really helped the crops recover.

And with that, here’s to another week of watching your crops grow!

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Weather Wednesday 8/10/16

It’s been pretty warm here in North Central Illinois, and for the most part, crops are looking good. There’s a few thunderstorms in the forecast within the next week so we may get some good rains. We shall see.

Here’s a look at what our sales agronomists are seeing around the Midwest this week:

Gary Campbell: Northern Ohio continues to be very dry and corn is showing visible stress. A few areas received showers last weekend, but not nearly enough. Central Wisconsin through Minnesota are completely opposite – they’re very wet after getting several inches last week, which has taken a toll on the edible bean crop.

Eric Johnston: It has been hot and not much rain since last week in Northern Illinois. A few places received a small amount, while other places didn’t receive any. A rainfall would be welcomed in most of Northern Illinois.

Ken Musselman: Northwest Indiana is very dry and crops are showing stress, especially on lighter soils. Some fields have only received 4 inches of rain since planting. Northeast Illinois is getting on the dry side after excessive late June and early July rains.

Mike Wyatt: The weather in Southwest Nebraska is very typical. Hot days in the nineties, nights in the upper sixties. Thunder storms build in the late afternoons. We have had enough moisture that the crops are in good condition. Rain amounts the last week were .85 inches over a small area.

Ray Roettger: The weather in Southern Indiana has been hot with plenty of moisture, however there is a dry area in Wayne County. Southern Missouri has adequate moisture in most areas.

And with that, here’s to another week of watching your crops grow!

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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Biological Farming Seminar & Field Day

We will be hosting a Biological Farming Seminar & Field Day Thursday, September 8 beginning at 9:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m. at Wise Guys Bar & Grill iDenman Farms editedn Princeton, Illinois. Biologicals are the root of our success and we invite you to hear how and why they work, as well as seeing them shine in corn and soybean plots. Plus, the time has come to unveil our

This seminar & field day is another opportunity to learn about plant protection, antioxidants & polyamines, and fall fertility programs.

Then we’ll go out to the field and show you how we’ve improved each set of corn roots as shown in thebare soybean plants cropped 2 picture above. And how you can, too, with one simple tweak.

We’ll also show you how we grew more productive soybean plants (see the picture to the left). The stripped plants are showing the treated set (right) produced 48% more branches and 27% more productive nodes than the untreated counterpart.

A complimentary lunch will be provided for those with advanced registration. Please RSVP to AgriEnergy Resources 815-872-1190 or by August 31. Wise Guys Bar & Grill is located at 2205 N. Main St., Princeton, Illinois.





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Weather Wednesday 8/3/16

The sun is shining and it’s shaping up to be a beautiful day here in Princeton, Illinois. We got a few scattered showers over the weekend, which we will gladly take as parts of Michigan, western New York, and Massachusetts have been experiencing drought conditions. According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, 74% of topsoil in Massachusetts, 66% of Michigan topsoil, and 51% of New York topsoil was rated as having short or very short moisture levels. Hopefully they get some rain soon!

Here’s a look at what our sales agronomists have been seeing around the Midwest this week:

Ken Musselman: Weather conditions continue to be generally favorable in most areas of Iowa, Illinois, and Indiana, however there are some dry pockets and isolated wet areas. Most rain systems have had very uneven coverage, but temperatures have been mostly favorable. Crops continue to advance at a rapid pace.

Gary Campbell: Many areas of Michigan finally received much needed rain last weekend, some parts 2 – 4 inches. Other areas need more rain as the stress increases with warm temps the rest of this week. Northern Ohio is in a very similar state, with some areas getting nice rains and others still waiting for moisture.

Eric Johnston: Rain has been real spotty in Northern Illinois this past week. Some growers I work with got some rain while others haven’t had any last week. We didn’t see any on our farm so some rain would be welcome.

And with that, here’s to another week of watching your crops grow!

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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Doudlah to host organic field day

OGRAIN (Organic Grain Resources and Information Network at the University of Wisconsin – Madison) and MOSES (Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service) will be co-hosting an organic field day at Doudlah Farms in Evansville, Wisconsin from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Thursday, August 11.


Mark Doudlah’s organic corn

This event will explore a number of topics including, weed control, crop rotations, soil and human health, budgeting, crop insurance, dry bean production, and no-till soybeans. In fact, our sales agronomist, Gary Campbell, will be discussing the roles soil biology, starter fertilizers, foliar feed, and proper residue decomposition play in organic corn production.

Other speakers include Organic Consultant Gary McDonald, Emerging Markets Specialist Paul Dietmann, University of Wisconsin – Madison Researcher Dr. Erin Silva, M.D. Dr. Robert Waters, Regional Soil Health Specialist Justin Morris, Senior Organic Specialist Harriet Behar, and of course Farmer Mark Doudlah.


Mark Doudlah’s pinto beans

Mark Doudlah operates a 1,450 acre diversified organic grain operation producing corn, soybeans, ancient grains, cover crop seed (Aroostook Rye, Purple Bounty Vetch, 4010 Forage Peas), dry beans, and canning crops.

This $10 event is open to all farmers and those interested in organic farming. Lunch will be included for all those that pre-register at

The Doudlah Field Day will kick off at the Cooksville Community Center, 11204 N. Church Street, Evansville, Wisconsin 53536.

In the meantime, I’ll leave you with this highlight reel from last year’s field day. Hope to see you there!

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