Sanden Garden Update

Hope everyone had a good week! Just thought I’d give a brief update on our garden project!

The lettuce, beets, and radishes continue to grow. Not much different than last week. We have a few butternut squash and spaghetti squash plants emerging, as well as some cilantro. I’ll share another video as things continue to grow.

In the meantime, I wanted to share a side-by-side comparison of my pink knock-out rose bushes. I got these last year and they were absolutely stunning, and then we had this weird spring weather, which I think set them back bit, a lot.

Roses side-by-side 052617

When I treated these with SP-1™ about a month ago, they both looked like the untreated plant on the left. Therefore, I wanted to share the differences between the 2 so I can go back and treat the other one. I really want to start seeing some color! Maybe they just need a little kick-start this year!

Anyone else experiencing this? If so, what are you doing to pull them out of it? Maybe some SP-1™ can help!

Until then, I’ll be over here figuring out how to prune these bad boys.

Categories: Fun in the Field | Tags: , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Sanden Garden: A Product of AgriEnergy Resources

Can anyone else believe we’re nearing the end of planting? The season flew by, and as with any year, we have faced our fair share of setbacks, but our little seedlings are tough and will persevere!

Speaking of tough, we have lots of exciting things happening this summer. Some of you may remember my garden from last year where I threw a bunch of seeds in the ground and hoped for the best? Well, we’re STILL eating on those butternut squash, beets, and jalapeño peppers!

This year, I decided to use some of our SP-1™, Pillar, and Myco Seed Treat® (MST), and of course some compost from one of our very own salesman, Alan Dale. His site, Rare Earth, is actually within walking distance from our house, and you’d never know he’s making compost. Rare Earth is the only compost site in the state of Illinois that hasn’t had an odor complaint filed against it. This man knows his stuff!

Anyway, I planted cilantro, carrots, lettuce, watermelon, peppers, radishes, beets, cucumbers, spaghetti squash, butternut squash, and zucchini. Check it out!

Unfortunately, the weather didn’t cooperate the week following planting (very cold and lots of rain), but I’m pretty happy with the differences we’re seeing so far.

Notice Molly (our dog), photobombing at .17! She always has to sneak her way into photos in a not so stealthy way, but hey at least she loves to be in the garden with me! And my husband, he makes the best taste tester. Who knows you may even see more of them around these parts as the garden takes off!

Hopefully we’ll have more differences to report next week, but until then if you’re seeing any success with our products, I’d love to hear about it!

P.S. We also have research plots going in PA, OH, NY, NE, ND, MI, WI, IN, NE, IA, AZ, CO, AL, GA, MN. Hopefully we’ll start seeing some exciting results! Stay tuned!

Categories: Fun in the Field | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Organic Kitchen

It comes as no surprise that organic food sales continue to rise. It all boils down to what the market wants, and right now the market is demanding clean, fresh foods. Now, more than ever, the majority of consumers pay close attention to what they’re putting in, not only their bellies, but their children’s as well. Farmers have taken note, and are working diligently to fill that void. Along with several other grain buyers, we help farmers achieve their goals of producing certified organic food for the masses.

According to the Organic Trade Association’s 2016 U.S. Organic Industry Survey, total organic food sales in 2015 were $39.7 billion, up 11 percent from the previous year. Take a look at where your state stacks up.

Screen Shot 2017-03-24 at 11.48.05 AM

This spring, the OTA will be releasing its’ 2017 industry survey which will look at the U.S. organic market in 2016.

Organic foods can now be found in the kitchens of 82.3 percent of American households. What’s interesting though, is how clean eating and organics are becoming the norm, even when eating out. While vacationing with my husband in Arizona, we were pleasantly surprised to find a lot of the local eating establishments catered around the organic lifestyle. Restaurants such as Picazzo’s Organic Italian Kitchen, True Food Kitchen, Grabbagreen, and our personal favorite, Prep & Pastry.

While not all their menu selections are certified organic, they only serve locally sourced food and seasonal fruits and vegetables. The hubs had The Dip (italian beef), I had the Cubano (honey roasted ham, duck confit, house pickles, swiss cheese, stone ground mustard), and our sweet, great aunt had the Grilled Cheese (tea smoked tomato, white cheddar, brie, parmesan rubbed asiago bread, arugula pesto) with Tomato Bisque. That grilled cheese was on point!

Anyway, we are very excited to be a part of this movement and look forward to working with both transitional and organic growers in the future!

Categories: Fun in the Field | Tags: , , , , , | Leave a comment

SP-1™ … Our SPec1al Product

SP-1™ is one of the most versatile products in our Biological Farming arsenal.
  • SP-1 can be applied almost every way imaginable – liquid in-furrow starter, 2×2 row support starter, transplant solution, liquid sidedress mix, foliar fertigation, aerial…
  • SP-1 is loaded with multiple strains of bacteria and fungi, plus other microbes known to benefit both the soil and growing plants.
  • SP-1 also includes carbon substrates, vitamins, and minerals to keep all the microbes fed, growing, and working hard at their jobs.

If a picture’s worth a thousand words … here’s a 7,000-word essay about SP-1™!!

screen-shot-2017-03-01-at-2-55-05-pm
screen-shot-2017-03-01-at-2-56-01-pm
screen-shot-2017-03-01-at-2-56-17-pm
screen-shot-2017-03-01-at-2-58-33-pm
screen-shot-2017-03-01-at-2-58-45-pm
screen-shot-2017-03-01-at-3-00-32-pm
screen-shot-2017-03-01-at-3-00-40-pm
Now is a great time to start thinking about your spring SP-1 applications. Call your AgriEnergy Rep today to learn more 815.872.1190!
Categories: Fun in the Field | Tags: , , , , , | Leave a comment

Welcome Alan Dale & Dave Visser

Have you heard? We’ve added 2 new folks to our sales team! We’re so excited to welcome Alan Dale and Dave Visser to the AgriEnergy family.

They both come to us with extensive qualifications in both sales and agronomy.

alan-dale

Alan Dale

Alan Dale, of Walnut, IL, continues to operate a grain and livestock farm and a compost operation, along with his daughter, son-in-law, and son. At AgriEnergy Resources, he looks forward to taking a broader look at U.S. agriculture and improving soil health of current and future customers in SD, IA, and MO. When not consulting on fertility solutions or helping out on the farm, he enjoys collecting toy tractors, both 1/16 scale and pedal tractors, as well as spending time with his family.

dave-visser

Dave Visser

Dave Visser, of Hamilton, MI, previously worked at The Andersons out of Maumee, OH in their Plant Nutrient Group selling specialty products and has sold liquid calcium, potassium, and specialty liquid fertilizer for New Eezy Grow out of Carey, OH. He looks forward to servicing the needs of current and future customers in MI, PA, NJ, CT, RI, MA, NH, ME, VT, and NY. When not selling fertilizer products, he can be found hanging out with his family enjoying activities such as running, biking, kayaking, and home gardening.

We can’t wait to see how these guys advise you in all your future fertility needs. To set up a free consultation with Alan or Dave, call 815.872.1190.

Be sure to introduce yourselves if you see them out and about!

Categories: Uncategorized | Leave a comment

USDA Offers Grants for Organic Agriculture

At AgriEnergy Resources we pride ourselves in being a leader within the biological/organic farming community. With great leadership, comes great mentorship. We’re always looking for opportunities where our customers can benefit. Whether it’s a list of transitional buyers here, organic buyers there, or product giveaways/discounts at our seminars, we always have your best interest at heart.

Weather Pic

We test a variety of product combinations, new products, and more on our summer research plots. Here, a few of our agronomists are comparing soybean roots this past summer.

In fact, we came across this exciting funding opportunity from the USDA. With the continued demand for organics, the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is offering up to $3.8M in funding to support research, education, and extension for both new and existing organic farmers and ranchers.

Research areas include documenting and understanding the effects of organic practices such as crop rotation, livestock-crop integration, organic manure, mulch/compost additions, cover crops, and reduced or conservation tillage on ecosystem services, greenhouse gas mitigation, and biodiversity.

If this is something that interests you, click here for more information. Applications are due March 9.

If you do end up receiving a grant, keep us in mind. Every year, we conduct a variety of research trials.

Good luck!

Categories: Fun in the Field | Tags: , , , , | 1 Comment

Turning White Sand Black

I can’t believe we’re through our 2017 Winter “Plot” Tour! Seven seminars in seven states makes for one crazy, but fun winter. I think it’s safe to say we’ve heard from so many astounding speakers and farmers.

josh-boanWhen one speaker starts out saying, “We could fertilize our fields with y’alls soil. The ground I farm starts out as pretty much white beach sand.” You know it’s going to be a good presentation. Especially when that white beach sand turns black due to a program that includes our Residuce® and SP-1™.

If you were at our Princeton seminar then you heard how Josh Boan (pictured) used a strong biological nutrient package to improve soil health in his perennial peanut operation in north Florida.

If not, our friend Jerry Carlson, of Renewable Farming LLC, has the whole story here. Or you can listen to Josh, or any of the other Princeton speakers, on our podcast here.

Check it out!

Categories: Fun in the Field | Tags: , , , | Leave a comment

Seminar Audio Posted

We can’t believe we only have 1 more seminar left in our Winter “Plot” Tour. You guys have been great. Seriously! These seminars would have been nothing without your support. Just wanted to let you know a few things:

  1. Today’s the last day to register for our seminar in LaCrosse. We’ll be talking about biologicals for transitioning to organics and organic dry beans, among some other topics. Click here for more information, or call 815.872.1190 to register.
  2. Audio from our Princeton seminar is now published on our website. If you weren’t able to attend, or if you need a refresher, here you will find each session as it was presented. If you’re interested in a specific speaker from another seminar, contact us.
  3. Hope you all are having a GREAT day!

That’s all for now, folks!

 

 

Categories: AER Events, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , | Leave a comment

LaCrosse Seminar to Feature Independent Plant Breeder & Consultant

Surprise your valentine with the opportunity of a lifetime! Give him/her the gift that keeps giving. As they say, knowledge is power.

Tomorrow is the last day to register for our upcoming seminar, “Bios for Transitioning to Organics.” We’re so excited to discuss various ways to improve your organic operation or offer support to begin your transition journey. No matter which stage of organics you are in, we’re here to help.

In addition to discussion on dry beans, organic programs, crop rotation options, insect/disease control, and biologicals for transitioning, we’ll also be discussing nitrogen fixation from the roots up. Madison-based independent plant breeder and consultant, Ken Kmiecik, will focus on biological nitrogen fixation and strengthening the plant/bacteria/soil system.

With 40 years experience in researching field studies, genetic resources, plant breeding, related laboratory techniques, and plant pathology in the most common bean production areas, we’re so excited he’ll be joining us in LaCrosse.

If you haven’t reserved your spot yet, there’s still time. Call us today at 815.872.1190 or email info@agrienergy.net. Our seminar will be held from 1:00pm-9:00pm February 22 at the AmericInn Hotel & Conference Center, 1835 Rose St., LaCrosse, Wisconsin.  

screen-shot-2017-02-10-at-10-02-32-am

Hope to see ya there and Happy Valentines Day!

 

 

Categories: AER Events | Tags: , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Organic Dry Beans Pay off for Sattelberg Family

screen-shot-2017-02-10-at-10-02-32-amHeaded to the MOSES Organic Farming Conference in 2 weeks? Already an organic farmer? Considering transitioning to organics? Why not come a day early and come to our meeting on February 22? We’ll be discussing biologicals for transitioning to organics, and all the other pieces that play a role.

Pieces that include crop rotation, products, nitrogen fixation, and dry beans. This year, we’re thrilled to partner with Everbest Organics Inc. and Bay Shore Sales to shed some light on the dry bean industry.

Owned and operated by Jim and DeAnn Sattelberg, of Munger, Michigan, both companies work with farmers around the world. Along with their sons, Ben and Matt and their families, they have decades of experience in the dry bean business, and  will be discussing financial, marketing, production considerations, and processing needs for grower success.

Jim Sattelberg will focus on market trends and expansion for soybeans and dry beans. Ben Sattelberg will discuss Hatzenbichler Equipment for weed control. Steve Bohn will discuss the role between Everbest Organics Inc. and the grower.

Interested?

Reserve your spot by February 15 at 815.872.1190 or info@agrienergy.net. Our meeting, “Bios for Transitioning to Organics,” will be held from 1:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. February 22 at the AmericInn Hotel & Conference Center at 1835 Rose St., LaCrosse, Wisconsin. Dinner will be included with advanced registration.

Hope to see you there!

Categories: AER Events | Tags: , , , | Leave a comment

Blog at WordPress.com.