Fun in the Field

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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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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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!

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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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