Bios for Transitioning to Organics

Headed to the MOSES Conference and looking for something to do the day before on February 22? Look no further. We’re pleased to announce our final seminar of the 2016-2017 Winter “Plot” Tour will be held in conjunction with the MOSES Conference.

You’re invited to an agronomy seminar focused on soil health, organic dry beans, biological products, and more! Our seminar “Bios for Transitioning to Organics” will be held from 1:00pm-9:00pm on February 22 at the AmericInn Conference Center, 1835 Rose St., LaCrosse, Wisconsin.

Here’s a complete agenda.

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Dinner will be included for those with advanced registration. Please RSVP by 2/15 at 815.872.1190 or info@agrienergy.net. 

Hope to see ya there!

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New “Pieces” for Plant Protection

screen-shot-2017-01-19-at-4-39-42-pmBy now, most of you know Dr. Tony Adesemoye, a Plant Pathology Extension Specialist for University of Nebraska, will be sharing some of his research regarding plant protection at our upcoming seminar next week. We are so excited he’ll be joining us, as his research backs up some of the concepts we’ve been promoting for years. So, we thought you may want to know how he fits into the “puzzle.”

What if I told you there are key “pieces” that can help growers reach their goals?

Dr. Tony Adesemoye has spent his career looking at which soil organisms, and which groupings of organisms, have the greatest potential to help farmers become more profitable. Through comprehensive study methods, he is currently screening and cataloging rhizosphere organisms. When applied to corn and soybeans, these organisms combat below-ground, yield-threatening attacks.

Dr. Adesemoye has identified and trialed many of these key pieces and will be sharing information you may want to know at our 1-day seminar.

Our 1-day seminar, “Solving the Farm Profit Puzzle: Biologicals are a Key Piece,” will be held on Tuesday, February 7 from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at Wise Guys Grill, 2205 N. Main St., Princeton, IL 61356. There are a few seats still open. Call today to reserve your spot 815.872.1190 or email info@agrienergy.net.

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Princeton Agenda Posted

I was at a Beck’s PFR Insight Meeting the other day, and one thing I kept hearing young(er) farmers say, “Now I have to LEARN how to be a good farmer. When I first started nearly 10 years ago, it was easy to come out on top. Now I have to PLAN in order to come out on top.”

While we all can agree farming is a lot more fun when “things are easy”, there is an unexplainable rush in the JOURNEY to coming out on top. The people you meet, the creative ideas, lessons learned.

Speaking of new people, we hope we can add YOU under our umbrella at our next 1-Day seminar, “Solving the Farm Profit Puzzle: Biologicals are a Key Piece” from 8am-5pm Tuesday, February 7 at Wise Guys Grill in Princeton Illinois. 

Here’s the biological “pieces” we plan to cover:

THE PUZZLE

  • 8:30 a.m. The AgriEnergy Story – Dean Craine, AgriEnergy Resources
    • After 35+ years of farming biologically and working with farmers throughout the country, our General Manager Dean Craine, will show you how we changed the color of our soils. By improving soil health with the aid of our SP-1™, Myco Seed Treat® (Mycorrhizal Fungi), and Residuce®, Dean will show you how you can make your soils darker no matter your location.
  • 9:00 a.m. Turning White Sand Black – Josh Boan, JB AG LLC
    • Fertility is carbon, and carbon is black, and black is money. Hear how our dealer, Josh Boan of Florida, turned his white, sandy soil into sticky, black, fertile soil, and how that’s impacted his crop enterprise. With degrees in both Soil & Water Science and Environmental Management in Agriculture from the University of Florida, Josh has over 16 years of experience improving soil health.
  • 9:15 a.m. Darker Soil with SP-1™ – Denny Wildman, Crop Consultant
    • Denny Wildman is focused on building an applied systems approach with our biologicals combined with Stoller Enterprises’ technology of nutrition and hormones. He will show you what to look at in the field and how you can increase your yields on any crop, on any soil, anywhere.
  • 9:45 a.m. How to Make “Your” Soils Darker – Dean Craine, AgriEnergy Resources
    • No matter where you’re from – the sandy soils of the southeast to the black soils of the midwest, Dean will share how the methods Josh and Denny discussed can be applied anywhere.
  • 10:00 a.m. Break
  • 10:15 a.m. New “Pieces” for Plant Protection – Dr. Tony Adesemoye, Plant Pathology Extension Specialist
    • Working as a Plant Pathology Extension Specialist at the University of Nebraska Lincoln, Dr. Tony Adesemoye focuses his research on the management of soil-borne plant pathogens using biological control as a component of integrated plant disease management in soybeans, corn, and wheat. He conducts studies with plant growth promoting rhizobacteria (PGPR) as biological control agents. This session will be all about how his findings complete the puzzle of integrated disease management.
  • 11:15 a.m. The Plant Protection Puzzle – Mark Egan, AgriEnergy Resources
    • Mark Egan has extensive experience working with plant protection on a variety of crops including vegetables, cotton, peanuts, corn, and soybeans. He will complete the plant protection puzzle and explain how AgriEnergy uses PGPR’s, ISR’s, and SAR’s that Dr. Tony Adesemoye discussed.
  • 12:00 p.m. Lunch

THE MAJOR PIECES 

  • 1:00 p.m.  Wise Tillage – Dean Craine, AgriEnergy Resources
    • Wise tillage is a critical piece to solving the farm profit puzzle. With wise tillage, we’ve seen a field yield over 200-bushel corn with only 35 pounds of added nitrogen. Dean will explain how wise tillage can be even more effective when combined with biologicals, residue management, and cover crops.
  • 1:30 p.m. Manures – Mike Wyatt, AgriEnergy Resources
    • Mike Wyatt has extensive experience working with cattle operations in Nebraska and the surrounding areas. He’s seen first hand the benefits of running a diversified farm and knows when and when not to use manure. He’ll explain how appropriate timing of the right product can lend to maximized profitability.
  • 1:45 p.m. Compost – Dave Chance, Chance Farms
    • Along with his wife, Dave Chance farms 2200 acres of corn, soybeans, and wheat. They also use cover crops and operate a farrow to finish hog operation in Lebanon, Indiana. He will use his years of experience to discuss the synergy of using compost blended with soil amendments.
  • 2:15 p.m.  Liquid Applications – Jared Roberts, The Andersons Inc.
    • Jared currently serves as the Territory Manager for Specialty Products at The Andersons Inc. He works with growers all over Illinois and Southern Wisconsin. He will be discussing the benefits of liquid fertilizer, including starters, side-dress applications, and micronutrients.
  • 2:45 p.m.  Biologicals – Gary Campbell, AgriEnergy Resources
    • Did you know there’s something you can do right now to set the table for this crop year? Something as simple as turning a yield-robbing liability into a yield-enhancing asset? Gary will discuss what you can do RIGHT NOW to maximize next year’s profits, including the use of biologicals, residue management, and crop rotation.
  • 3:30 p.m. Break
  • 3:45 p.m. Transitional & Organic Programs – Reggie Destree, Organic Consultant
    • Reggie Destree, a Wisconsin-based Organic Marketing Consultant and former organic farmer, is so passionate about organic farming that his license plate says ORGANIC! Reggie stays on the cutting edge of organic marketing opportunities and trends, and will introduce you to several you might just want to pursue. He is also an expert on organic production (soil fertility, plant health, weed & insect control, tillage, etc.) and a representative for both Dramm Fish and AgriEnergy Resources. Reggie will tell you how to “cash in” on both transitional and organic crops.
  • 5:00 p.m. Thanks for Coming!

From conventional grains to transitional grains and everything in between, there’s something for everyone at this seminar! We truly hope you’ll be able to join us as we dive into “solving the farm profit puzzle.” Please reserve your spot by today by calling us at 815.872.1190 or emailing us at info@agrienergy.net. 

Wise Guys Grill is located at 2205 N. Main St., Princeton, IL 61356. Rooms are available at the AmericInn (2120 Claude Bailey Pkwy, Princeton) located next door to Wise Guys Grill. Mention you’re attending our seminar and get a discount. Their phone number is 815-872-5000.

See ya there!

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Bio Farming Boot Camp

We are so excited to partner with the Mid-America Organic Association (MOA) and Midwest Bio-Systems to bring Bio Farming Boot Camp to the MOA Conference on January 25 from 8:00am-5:00pm. Conveniently scheduled the day before the MOA Conference, you shouldn’t miss a beat if you plan on attending both. Check out the visual below for the complete agenda.

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In addition we plan to cover:

  • How to achieve 200 bushel/acre corn with only 35# of added nitrogen
  • How to reduce inputs, including nitrogen and phosphorous
  • How to achieve improved tilth
  • How a larger root system can lead to more water holding capacity
  • How to improve infiltration
  • How to reduce compaction
  • How organic matter and carbon sequestration can enhance soil health
  • How decomposition of your 2016 crop residue can improve your 2017 yields
  • How to navigate the transition years
  • Where to get the highest premium for your crops

If you like what you see, register today and save money! Early bird price (before January 15) is $75. Regular price is $95. Register here on the MOA website This fee includes 1 day of educational sessions, extreme networking, and lunch.

Bio Farming Boot Camp and the MOA Conference will both be held at the Sheraton Crown Center, located at 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, Missouri. If you’re coming from out of town, don’t forget to take advantage of the special conference rate of $119 (+tax) per night for 2 people. Rooms at this rate are limited, so please make your reservations early and mention the “Mid-America Organic Association Conference 2017” to receive the special price. Accommodations can be made at 866-716-8134.

If you have any questions, whatsoever, please don’t hesitate to call us at 815-872-1190.

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Arcadia Agenda Posted

If you’ve missed us at any of our meetings, here’s another opportunity to connect with us. This time, in Ohio.

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Here’s a look at the agenda:

  • AgriEnergy Resources Biologicals – Gary Campbell, 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® can help benefit your bottom line!
  • Insect & Disease Control – Reggie Destree, Organic Consultant 
    • Each year has it’s ups and downs. 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, soybeans, dry beans, wheat, oats, vegetables, hay, and pasture.
  • Biological Farmer Panel – Scott Myers, Ron Deitering, Galen Nissley
    • Hear from real-life farmers who have implemented biological farming strategies on their farms. Learn why they do it and how they do. They’ll discuss their innovative approaches to weed control, crop fertility, and soil health.
  • Successful Farming with Cover Crops – Tom Besecker, Advanced Biological Solutions 
    • Want to experiment with cover crops, but have no idea where to begin? Our dealer in Greenville, Ohio can help! He’ll offer tips on how to figure out which cover crops are right for your farm, the role they play in weed control, soil tilth, and reducing compaction, along with which fertilizers to use. There are so many benefits to cover cropping and Tom will hit all of them.
  • AgriEnergy Resources Products & Programs – Gary Campbell & Ken Musselman, AgriEnergy Resources 
    • Learn what our programs entail and how we help guide customers to successful, high yielding crops. We offer many programs including soil treatments, in-furrow and 2X2 starters, along with side dress and foliar, using both liquid and dry products. Our new program includes a liquid calcium treatment, which we’ll share numerous successful stories.

If any of this caught your eye, please reserve your seat by January 18 by calling us at 815-872-1190 or info@agrienergy.net. 

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St. Cloud Agenda Posted

Who else can’t believe our St. Cloud seminar is only 2 weeks away?! Time just keeps flying by, and we’re so excited to offer this 1-day seminar.

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We’ll be kicking the day off promptly at 9:00am with a few words from our General Manager, Dean Craine, followed by our featured speaker Dick Goff.

Dick has a degree from the University of Minnesota in horticulture and plant pathology. He worked several years as an agronomist for pesticide, seed, and fertilizer companies before beginning a long career as a field representative for Midwest Labs of Omaha, NE. He is now semi-retired and will be sharing with us how calcium can play a key role in soil and plant health. His many years of trouble shooting soil conditions has given him an unparalleled ability to share with us “what works” in sustainable crop production.

Other items on the agenda include:

  • Fertility Programs to include discussion on SP-1™, Myco Seed Treat® (Mycorrhizal Fungi), and Residuce®
  • Seed Selection
  • Weed Control
  • Insect & Disease Control
  • Dry Bean Harvest
  • Dry Bean Marketing

If any of this strikes your interest, please RSVP by January 4 by calling 815.872.1190 or emailing info@agrienergy.net. If you do come, be sure to register for the Minnesota Organic Conference and visit us at the trade show. We’d love a chance to further help you plan your 2017 fertility program so you can spend more quality time with your loved ones.

Please note: We will be closed for the holidays from December 23-January 2. If you happen to RSVP during this time frame, please leave a message at any of the contacts above and we’ll get you added to the list. When leaving a message, please remember to include your name, state, and specify the St. Cloud seminar.

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Happy Holidays!

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Complete Cordele, GA Agenda posted

cordele-frontFor those of you waiting on the edge of your seats, here is the complete agenda for our meeting in Cordele, GA on January 5. We have a jam packed day! And it all begins at 9:00 am with a welcome from our dealer and meeting organizer, Mark Egan.

Here’s a look at the rest of the agenda:

  • Carbon: The Essence of Soil Fertility – Dean Craine, AgriEnergy Resources 
    • After 25+ years of farming biologically and working with farmers throughout the country, Dean Craine, General Manager at AgriEnergy Resources, understands the importance of building a firm foundation by balancing soil minerals. He also knows that soil microbes have very important jobs on the farm; and that farmers must pay this microscopic work force with ample food and a safe working environment. Dean will show proof that by renewing your focus on wise carbon management, you can reduce your purchased N-P-K inputs, boost your soil organic matter and CEC, and increase the value of your farmland. Not to mention managing for carbon builds healthy soils that resist erosion, pests, and weather extremes. And, better, yet, he’ll tell you how to do it.
  • Soil Microbials – Putting Them to Work for You – Dean Craine, AgriEnergy Resources
    • Dean Craine will take you down the road of organic and biological farming. He’ll show you how improving your soil with SP-1™, Myco Seed Treat® (Mycorrhizal Fungi), and Residuce® can help benefit your bottom line!
  • Seaweed for Heat Stress Tolerance – Greg Cosman, Ocean Organics Corp.
    • It’s been shown through field observations and research that applications of seaweed extract to plants enhance their ability to tolerate heat, drought, and salinity stress. Greg Cosman of Ocean Organics Corp., will share how seaweed extracts can help mitigate weather stresses.
  • Chilean Nitrate – Sam Carruth, SQM
    • Sam Carruth, Global Organic Product Manager for SQM North America, will share his knowledge on Allganic® Nitrogen. Originating from Northern Chile, Allganic Nitrogen contains 16% nitrate nitrogen. It is a non-synthetic mineral source and has been known to alleviate weather stressors on a variety of crops.
  • Cover Crop Seed – Burton Heatwole, Petcher Seeds
    • There are so many opportunities to improve the biology in your soils, no matter the crops. One way, being cover crops. But which cover crop to choose? Farmer and representative for Petcher Seeds, of Alabama, Burton Heatwole, will share what he’s seen work the best in southern climates.
  • Using Cover Crops in Row Crop Production – Jonathan Yoder, Farmer
    • Using cover crops in row crop production is one tool we like to have in our toolbox. When done properly, high yields can ensue. Organic farmer, Jonathan Yoder, will share tips on incorporating cover crops and green manure crops into your operation.
  • Benefits of Compost – Mike Wyatt, AgriEnergy Resources and Chad Heard, Farmer
    • Sometimes, cover crops simply aren’t in the farm budget. That’s okay! Consider compost as a substitute. Our representative, Mike Wyatt, along with farmer Chad Heard will share how to recognize high quality, humified compost. High quality compost often times yields the same benefits of a green manure crop.
  • Turning Beach Sand Black in a P. Peanut Field – Josh Boan, JB Ag LLC
    • Fertility is carbon, and carbon is black, and black is money. Hear how our dealer, Josh Boan of Florida, turned his white, sandy soil into sticky, black, fertile soil, and how that’s impacted his crop enterprise.
  • Organic Produce & Citrus – Buddy Allen, Farmer
    • Growing produce and citrus in Florida definitely has its challenges, but Buddy Allen, a produce equipment building virtuoso, will share how to best combat those challenges and the rewards that follow.
  • Organic Pesticide Product Review – Mark Egan, AgriEnergy Resources
    • Disease and insects can take out an entire crop in the blink of an eye. Learn which pesticides can be used in organic farming. Our representative, Mark Egan, will share tips on how to get the most out of your pesticide applications.
  • Crop Protection, Naturally – Dr. David Shapiro-Ilan, Research Entomologist, USDA-ARS
    •  Each year has its ups and downs. Learn to combat challenges with ease, no matter the situation. We’ll explore programs that focus on microbial biocontrol agents.
  • Panel Q&A Session – Dean Craine, Jonathan Yoder, Josh Boan, Buddy Allen, Chad Heard, (moderated by Mark Egan)
    • Farming is not for the faint of heart! Bring all your unanswered questions and hopefully our panel of long time farmers and agronomists can help.

If any of this caught your eye, there are still seats open. Reserve yours by December 21 by calling us at 815-872-1190 or info@agrienergy.net.

And for those of you coming from out of town, we have a block of rooms reserved for $109/night at the resort. Call 800-459-1230 and reference AgriEnergy Resources and group#272235 to get the discounted price.

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Remembering Ray

This man. Raymond Roettger. August 21, 1945 – November 27, 2016. Salesman – Servant – Friend.

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Raymond Roettger                                                                    

This man touched so many lives in his short 71 years on earth. In fact, he’s one of the reasons AgriEnergy Resources exists today. He convinced our founder, Dave Larson, that he indeed had to start a business to sell his fertilizers 29 years ago. And here we are today, thriving, thanks to these 2 innovative farmers.

The first time I met Ray was at the ACRES Conference 2 years ago. He came up to me after a session and with a silly grin asked, “Where are you taking me to eat, Mom?” You can imagine my surprise as the age difference was pointed out! I was 25; he was 69. Since then, he’s become more than a co-worker to me. He became a friend.

At this past ACRES Conference we learned just how much he impacted not only us, but his customers as well. It was weird setting up our booth without him, but somehow we made it through. It was made a bit easier by the wonderful words and memories from so many others. Such as Edwin Blosser. Edwin runs Midwest Bio Systems in Tampico, Illinois and has worked with Ray for years. He said, “Ray was a wonderful friend, someone who would empathize with any struggles I would share. Someone who I was comfortable in confiding to, although I had not had the opportunity lately, as our paths didn’t cross much recently. Ray’s passing is a loss that causes us to stop in our tracks, understand anew that life is short and that we want to live it to the fullest, honoring God in thankfulness. I thank God for the privilege/gift of knowing Ray, being able to interact with him, and being challenged to improve as a result of our interaction!”

Another testament to Ray was from our owners, Paul and Barb Aley. They will remember his off the cuff jokes and his passion for the soil. “Ray was so down to earth in personality and literally with his profession. He was/is just priceless and we thank the Lord for him and for knowing him. Ray is unforgettable. I write this laughing as I know he and Dave are swapping stories with great guffaws. Those two and their humor. But at the root of both these personalities was integrity of caring for life: soil, crops, people.”

J.P. Aley adds his first impression of Ray was not what he expected. He found Ray standing up, with his head in a lampshade! Turns out that was the only place Ray had cell service as he was trying to talk with a customer. “I will forever be grateful to Ray,” J.P. said. “Sure he was a fantastic salesman, and will be greatly missed at AER; but even more importantly, I will always be grateful for the kind of person he was. He helped people, and loved doing it. We’re all lucky to have known him.”

Lucky we are. His fellow salesman always looked forward to working with him and hearing him speak at seminars.

“He could turn a dry and technical topic like soil fertility into a motivational speech that left the group of farmers pumped up and ready to take on any challenge,” said sales agronomists Gary Campbell. “I will always remember the 2 legged horse videos and pictures of tractors buried to the cab, reminding us to find humor in any situation and give thanks for the many blessing in our lives. It could always be worse!”

Sales agronomist Ken Musselman remembers, “I think of the time several years ago before cell phones when I was helping Ray with summer field visits. We finished a long day in his area and were heading north for more visits the next day. There were a couple of people from Australia with us so we were in at least 2 vehicles. Ray and I got to Terre Haute at 2am and Ray said it was time to call it a day. So we were sitting in a parking lot facing the highway so we could flag down the other vehicles to let them know we were stopping. Ray and I had trouble keeping our eyes open as we watched for them. You could always count on short nights when traveling with Ray. He always said he didn’t want me to get bed sores.”

But that wasn’t all Ray became known for at AgriEnergy. He named his GPS after our communication gal, Mardel Robinson. “So she could always tell me where to go,” he used to say.

That sense of humor will definitely be missed. Especially by our human resources gal Linda Dickinson, “He was a wonderful person and had a big heart! I will miss his phone conversations and his sense of humor.”

And our general manager, Dean Craine. You could always tell when he had been out with Ray. He’d always come back to the office as happy as can be, with a renewed sense of vision.

The list could go on, but I think you get the idea. Raymond Roettger will be greatly missed not only by us, but by many of you too.

So, Ray, if you’re reading this somewhere beyond the clouds, we’d like to send you off with this Irish proverb. May the road rise up to meet you, May the wind be always at your back, May the sun shine warm upon your face, May the rains fall soft upon your fields, And until we meet again, May God hold you in the palm of his hand.

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Up next? Cordele, GA

I think it’s safe to say, I was blown away by the scope of Midwest Laboratories at our seminar last week! I knew by partnering with them to have our meeting at their location, it was going to be a neat facility, but my goodness it really was neat. From soil samples to food testing, they do it all. And I’d have to say, our speakers did a phenomenal job at delivering timely messages. If you missed us in Omaha, no worries. We have another exciting meeting coming up in Cordele, Georgia on January 5!

We just sent out hundreds of these post cards to folks in the Southeast, but if you have an interest please consider this your invitation.

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In the meantime, we’re working tirelessly to bring you snippets of each topic on the agenda. Stay tuned!

 

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