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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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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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!

 

 

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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.  

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Hope to see ya there and Happy Valentines Day!

 

 

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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!

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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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