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Winter Seminar Dates Announced

We have some exciting things planned for this year’s seminars so be sure to stay tuned for a formal invitation! In the meantime, save the date that works best for you!

Winter Seminar save the date

Hope to see you there!

 

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AER Seminar Scheduled in South Dakota

If you’re in the South Dakota area on July 26, here is another opportunity to see some of our products in action. Organized by our sales representative, Alan Dale, here is all the information you’ll need.

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Alan covers South Dakota, Iowa, and Missouri. He will be joining speakers Ken Musselman and Reggie Destree.

The Watertown Event Center is located at 1901 9th Avenue SW, Watertown, South Dakota. A complimentary lunch will be provided for those who RSVP to AgriEnergy 815-872-1190 by July 17.

Hope to see you there! We’re excited to show how our products have been performing in the Dakotas.

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Farm tours to feature a variety of AER products

Here’s a chance to see a few farms with strong fertility programs using some of our products including, Myco Seed Treat®, SP-1™, starters, foliar applications, in-furrow, and side-dress. At AgriEnergy Resources, we believe there’s still another opportunity to turn a good crop into a great crop. Join us from 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 26 on several farm tours in Ohio, hosted by John Daniel Schlabach of JDS Seeds. We will visit 6 farms and learn what others have done to manage their crops. One of our agronomists, Gary Campbell, will be there all day discussing how late-season foliars can complement a strong early season program. He will be joining speakers John Daniel Schlabach, Kevin Fowler of Fowler Seed Marketing, and participating farmers. It should be a great day to get your questions answered while learning from some of the best. The following farms are participating:

Darry Neuenschwander and Sons – 8:00 a.m. at 2887 West Lebanon Road South, Dalton, Ohio. Darry and his sons have a conventional dairy and grow corn, alfalfa, and soybeans. They plant non-GMO corn for silage and grain. They applied SP-1™ with 28% nitrogen at planting and are having an excellent crop year so far.

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Guests will get the opportunity to visit farms such as this one operated by Scott Stoller, which will wrap up the day’s tours. 

Woodlynn Acres Farm – 9:00 a.m. at 647 South Kurzen Road, Dalton, Ohio. Fred and Scott Myers farm about 3,000 acres with about 1,200 acres in hay production. Last year they transitioned 1,000 acres to organic production, plus had 60 acres of certified organic corn and 200 acres of certified organic hay. This year they are transitioning an additional 1000 acres. They have used AgriEnergy corn starter and applied foliar fertilizer to their hay, corn, and small grains. They will be showing the modern equipment and technology they use to get the job done.

Venture Heritage Farm – 10:15 a.m. at 13777 Arnold Road, Dalton, Ohio. Jon is farming on Steve Steiner’s farm. We’ll look at his organic no-till corn planted into hairy vetch, along with his vegetables and small scale equipment.

Ervin Miller, Jr. Farm – 10:45 a.m. at 4347 Welty Road, Apple Creek, Ohio. Ervin and his family grow organic corn, soybeans, hay, and pasture. He has been using AgriEnergy products for several years and has been using 4010 forage peas as a spring slowdown crop with excellent results. He uses a variety of tools for weed control and bought a new Multivator (in the row rototiller).

Jake’s Restaurant – 12:00 p.m. at 6655 East Lincoln Way, Wooster, Ohio. Join us for lunch at Jake’s.

Trent Troyer Farm – 12:45 p.m. at 5537 South Apple Creek Road, Apple Creek, Ohio. Trent Troyer is growing organic corn, hay, and soybeans and has been using AgriEnergy products for six years. He has 5 broiler houses where he sells and spreads broiler manure. See how he utilizes broiler manure and foliar application on his farm.

Greenfield Farms Cooperative – 1:45 p.m. at 6464 Fredricksburg Road, Wooster, Ohio. Tour Greenfield Farms’ dry fertilizer mixing plant and their warehouse distribution center. See local produce being brought in and prepared for shipment to area retailers.

David Colvin Farm – 3:00 p.m. at 9135 Geyers Chapel Road, Creston, Ohio. David and his family are members of Organic Valley and have an organic dairy, and also grow corn silage, alfalfa, and pasture. They are using AgriEnergy starter and foliar programs on their farm.

Stoller Organic Farm – 4:00 p.m. at 10451 Eby Road, Sterling, Ohio. Scott and his family are Organic Valley members and grow organic corn, soybeans, wheat, oats, hay, and pasture. Scott uses a variety of tools for weed control and was one of the first farmers in the area to use AgriEnergy products. He also built a new milking parlor and expanded his herd. This year he has a large organic corn variety plot, a soybean plot, and a fertility plot for AgriEnergy.

There is no need to RSVP for any of the farm tours; just show up and attend as many as you prefer. Feel free to stay the whole day or enjoy only a handful of tours.

For more information call John Daniel Schlabach at 330-465-1794.

ALSO, if you’re in the Evansville, Wisconsin area on August 3, be sure to visit us at the Doudlah Farms Organic Field Day from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.at the Cooksville Community Center, 11204 N. Church Street, Cooksville, Wisconsin. Organic Farmer Mark Doudlah will be showing some of his farming practices that include several of our products. Call him at 608-490-0926 or mark.r.doudlah@gmail.com to reserve your spot!

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Cilantro, Carrots, Melons & More

This is has been quite an exciting week in the Sanden Garden. We’re starting to see everything pop through except the cucumbers. I’m starting to fear those little things won’t be coming up this year. Anyways, check out what we’ve got growing this week!

Next week, I’ll share what we’re seeing in our radishes, beets, butternut squash, spaghetti squash, and zucchini. Tune in!

P.S. I ended up applying SP-1™ to that one rose bush last week. We’ll see what happens!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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™!!

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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!
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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

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