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FALL SPECIALS through November 1st

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Did you hear about our FALL SPECIALS?

Whether you need a late season foliar to finish out this year’s crop, or you’re ready to set the table for next year’s crop, we’re here to help you.

What you do today sets the tone for your next growing season. Why not make it a great one with some major DISCOUNTS?

The following discounts are good on deliveries through November 1:

  • 15% cash discount on all Dramm fish products
  • *10% cash discount on all other products when paid
    within 10 days of billing

*Offer excludes commodities and pesticides.

Give us a call today!

 

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Biological Farming Seminar & Field Day

We will be hosting a Biological Farming Seminar & Field Day Thursday, September 8 beginning at 9:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m. at Wise Guys Bar & Grill iDenman Farms editedn Princeton, Illinois. Biologicals are the root of our success and we invite you to hear how and why they work, as well as seeing them shine in corn and soybean plots. Plus, the time has come to unveil our
NEW PRODUCTS!!

This seminar & field day is another opportunity to learn about plant protection, antioxidants & polyamines, and fall fertility programs.

Then we’ll go out to the field and show you how we’ve improved each set of corn roots as shown in thebare soybean plants cropped 2 picture above. And how you can, too, with one simple tweak.

We’ll also show you how we grew more productive soybean plants (see the picture to the left). The stripped plants are showing the treated set (right) produced 48% more branches and 27% more productive nodes than the untreated counterpart.

A complimentary lunch will be provided for those with advanced registration. Please RSVP to AgriEnergy Resources 815-872-1190 or info@agrienergy.net by August 31. Wise Guys Bar & Grill is located at 2205 N. Main St., Princeton, Illinois.

 

 

 

 

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It’s that time of year again…

Time for the Farm Science Review in London, Ohio. Originating in 1962, the Farm Science Review now draws more than 130,000 farmers, growers, producers, and agricultural enthusiasts from across the country and Canada. With 4,000 product lines from roughly 620 commercial exhibitors and engaging workshops, presentations, and demonstrations, there is something for everyone.

This is one event we look forward to each year.

We'll have a booth in the Fowler Seeds Tent again this year, along with Barenbrug and Master's Choice.

We’ll have a booth in the Fowler Seeds Tent again this year, along with Barenbrug and Master’s Choice.

The Farm Science Review will run through Thursday, September 24. For a list of new equipment and technology to be featured this year, click here.

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What Do Farmers & Veterans Have in Common?

There are two groups in this country that people depend on every single day, but don’t realize – the farmer and the military.

Co-owners Steven Acheson and Stephanie Krueger understand the obstacles returning veterans face when deployed and returning home. Acheson served in the U.S. Army from 2004-2008. Photo credit: popscsa.com.

Co-owners Steven Acheson and Stephanie Krueger understand the obstacles returning veterans face when deployed and returning home. Acheson served in the U.S. Army from 2004-2008. Photo credit: popscsa.com.

Somewhere in the world, we’re being protected every single day and every single day we eat. That is what led our friends over at Peacefully Organic Produce and CSA (POPs CSA) to start a veteran-led community farm. They grow all kinds of organic vegetables and herbs, both for CSA boxes and farmers’ markets in the Madison area.

The cool part though, is they get grants from the VA to employ vets who struggle with PTSD. They’ve found the concept of working in the soil and growing food to be very healing as returning veterans try to assimilate back into society. Veteran employees are compensated with a monthly living stipend, fresh produce shares, and full access throughout the year to food production workshops, organic farming conferences, small business development seminars, and much more.

Established in 2014 by Steven Acheson and Stephanie Krueger, POPs CSA is proud to be the first veteran-led CSA and produce farm in the Madison area and strive to give back to those who’ve sacrificed everything for us.

So, as we prepare for what may be a long holiday weekend, for some, it’s so much more than that. Let’s take a moment to reflect and thank those who have devoted their lives to protecting and feeding us. Often times, they are the same people – one and the same. For it’s THESE people that are America’s heroes.

Interested in working with Steven and Stephanie? Click here for employment details.

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Are You Ready for MOSES?

2015 MOSES Organic Farming ConferenceWe are!

The office has been buzzing with activity as we prepare for yet another MOSES Organic Farming Conference in La Crosse, Wisconsin this week. Each year, we look forward to the different sessions and this year is no different.

If you’re going, there are a few things you won’t want to miss like visiting us at the trade show. We will have some sweet door prizes if you can answer our riddle, plus we just enjoy talking with people. We gave away travel mugs and hats at ACRES in December and they were a hit. We still get people inquiring how they can get one of our mugs so be sure to stop by and get yours.

Secondly, Reggie Destree with Organic Marketing Inc., will be speaking on foliar feeding plant nutrients. He spoke on plant protection at our seminar last month and did an excellent job. He uses his real-life experiences and is very passionate about staying on the cutting edge of organic and biological agriculture. He will be discussing the relationship of plant nutrient levels to soil fertility and how foliar nutrients work as a catalyst to enhance the uptake of soil nutrients. Using data from research and field trials relating to plant uptake, plan nutrient corrections and yield results, Destree will explore prospective foliar fertility programs. If you’re interested, his session Foliar Feeding Plant Nutrients will begin at 11 a.m. Friday.

Lastly, the organic meals and snacks included with conference registrations are out-of-this-world. Seriously, so good. But if you want to venture away from the conference for a quick meal, La Crosse has many restaurants within walking distance that feature local foods.

What are some things you’re looking forward to?

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We Are Blown Away

By all of you – our customers, dealers, distributors, speakers, and friends.

Seriously, you guys are awesome! You made our winter seminar a smashing success and we enjoyed every minute of it.

For those of you that couldn’t make it, the day was filled with twelve speakers from throughout the country speaking on a variety of different topics, including cover crops, banding and split applying nutrients, alternative crops, non-GMO seed, livestock, nitrogen management, and so much more.

What kind of seminar is complete without door prizes? 40 of our 250 guests were lucky enough to win some of our AER gear for staying the entire day.

What kind of seminar is complete without door prizes? 40 of our 250 guests were lucky enough to win some of our AER gear for staying the entire day.

Our speakers were people like you and I. People passionate about farming. People who have been farming for years. People who each had their own unique, personal stories, and when gathered in the same room, made a killer combination.

We received a lot of questions from people looking to make changes to their operations as the next generation takes over. Growers were considering adding livestock to their operations as well as transitioning to all organic acres and planting non-GMO seed.

If you are one of these people and didn’t get a chance to get all of your questions answered, we’d love to talk with you. Feel free to call us at (815) 872-1190 or email at info@agrienergy.net.

Until then, we want to know your thoughts. Please comment below with what your favorite part of the day was, how you heard about the event, why you came, and any other comments/concerns.

Oh and if you missed our general manager Dean Craine on WJBC Radio, check it out here.

Again a sincere thank-you from everyone of us here at AgriEnergy Resources for making the time to attend our event.

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Which Farm Apps Should I Download?

Farming and technology.

Where do you stand on modern technology? Is it a bit overwhelming? Maybe a bit intimidating and silly? Is it exhilarating? Does the concept of having the world at your fingertips bring a whole new meaning?

Let’s face it, the way we do things is ever changing. Farming practices evolve from one generation to the next. Five years ago, would you ever have fathomed a robotic lawn mower? Now you can let the robot do the work, while you watch from the window. How about robotic equipment so you don’t even have to be in the tractor anymore?

Whether or not you believe in these robotic systems, we do believe technology is important for many reasons. If used in the right way, technology could lead to greater yields and profitability. If anything, it may help the day-to-day operations of one’s operation run smoother.Ag Weed ID

With that said, we’ve compiled a list of some of the apps we find useful on a daily basis:

      • Ag Weed ID — From the experts at Penton Farm Progress Group, Ag Weed ID is an in-hand tool to help producers identify weeds while scouting in 6 major row crops including corn, cotton, rice, sorghum, soybeans, and wheat. The database is filled with a wealth of information and images for about 75 of the most difficult weeds and allows you to search by crop, season, and location so that one could get immediate information when needed. If you’re really stumped, take a picture of the weed with the app’s camera integration feature to identify at a more convenient time. You can then bookmark weeds to reference later or share them with your weed scientist to acquire more information. Please note that even though this app only works on 6 major row crops, there are additional crops in the pipeline. Ag Weed ID can be downloaded to Apple devices here and Android devices here.
      • Units Plus — Do you often find yourself stumped when converting units of measurement from one unit to another? If so, those days may be over. With a single swipe on your mobile device (shown in the right-hand photo) you can now automatically convert units of measurement from the Units Plus app. It measures area, currency, data, fuel-mileage, length, power, pressure, speed, temperature, time, volume, and weight. Units Plus can be downloaded to Apple devices here and Android devices here.
      • Brownfield Mobile — This app delivers the latest agriculture news headlines and markets, as well as live weather radar right to your mobile device (as displayed in right-hand photo). It features mobile-only audio reports for livestock, commodities, and news, as well as up-to-the-minute markets and weather. Markets including 5-8 active trading months for commodities. Brownfield Mobile can be downloaded on Apple devices here and Android devices here.
      • Yara CheckIT — You’re scouting fields and see a plant that Yara CheckITisn’t quite right. Yet, you can’t figure out what is wrong with it. Then you pull out Yara CheckIT and now you know. This agricultural smartphone app provides farmers with numerous pictures of various nutrient deficient crops allowing for fast identification of possible deficiencies. Once the cause of the deficiency is established, the app gives further information on how it could affect the crop, what soil types are prone to this type of deficiency, and what factors could make it worse. CheckIT provides a fertilizer recommendation to treat the identified deficiency, as well as alternative products for protection purposes. The app is customized and localized on a market by market basis, for the crops and language specific to the target country, and has been carefully designed to operate in rural locations with low signal strength. Therefore, farmers can have on-the-spot, on-demand field analysis and recommendations for a crop deficiency in order to improve crop quality and increase yield. Users can reference photos of deficiencies in high definition, filter them by symptoms, the location of the symptom on the crop, or by the suspected cause of the symptom. Yara CheckIT can be downloaded to both Apple and Android devices here.
      • GoBale — This app was developed with those running diversified operations in mind. Created by the professionals at John Deere, GoBale is customized for 9 Series balers. It provides a quick reference overview of key adjustments, maintenance, and procedures as it guides users through proper machine and monitor setup and in-field procedures. This app can be downloaded on Apple devices here and Android devices here.

Even though there seems to be a new farm app being introduced every day, we’ve found these few to be effective. What are your favorite go-to agriculture apps? If we get enough feedback, we may have to write up another blog post 🙂

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How to Thrive in Today’s Ag Economy: A Few More Solutions to Consider

If you’ve been following along with us for the past few weeks, we’ve been discussing how to remain profitable in today’s ag economy. We’ve been considering everything from cover crops to plant protection to application practices to seed selection, but there are so many other opportunities to consider.

Such as attitude.

Attitude can make or break any farming operation, whether organic, biological, or conventional. Our lives are not determined by what happens to us, but how we react to what happens.

A positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events, and outcomes. It's a catalyst...a spark that creates extraordinary results.

A positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events, and outcomes. It’s a catalyst…a spark that creates extraordinary results.

During our upcoming seminar, our Indiana-based sales agronomist Ray Roettger, will be sharing his life experiences as he correlates positive attitude to profitable farming operations.

In agriculture, things rarely go how they’re supposed to and that’s okay. A wise man once told me these are battle wounds of life and the more you get, the stronger you are. Meaning each of us carry our own unique battle wounds that can either destroy us or mold us into who we’re destined to be.

No matter how hard you work to improve your skills to reach your goals, your life won’t be lived to its fullest until it’s well-sprinkled with terrific people.

As Lillian Glass once said, “Terrific people are genuinely concerned about you and show it. They listen to your ideas, involve you in their lives, and praise you to others. You feel excited, energized, and motivated when you’re with them. Terrific people are also honest and bring out the best in you. If you are headed down the wrong road, they will give you their view without ridicule.”

It’s these people that may have the biggest battle wounds of anyone, but yet they continue on because sometimes that’s the only thing one can do. These are the people who help you reach your goals, introduce you to valuable resources, expose you to new experiences, and broaden your perspective. They are indispensable sources of affection, comfort, and joy. They are warm, generous, and positive.

THESE are the people we enjoy working with. THIS is the reason we do what we do.

So we sincerely hope you will consider coming to our seminar “How to Thrive in Today’s Ag Economy – 10 Practical, Profitable Solutions” Thursday, January 29  8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the Chateau Hotel & Conference Center in Bloomington, Illinois, because hey, two minds are better than one, right?

For more information click here or call (815) 872-1190 to reserve a spot. A block of rooms have been reserved for out of town guests.

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Farm Favorite Friday: Celebrating 25 Years

Today is a very special day for one of our Sales Agronomists.

Today Gary Campbell celebrates 25 years with AgriEnergy Resources. He was here even before AgriEnergy Resources was officially formed. He remembers a time when there were only a handful of employees who didn’t even have specific job titles, but yet had such a passion for agriculture they’d do whatever they had to for success.

From the pen of Gary:

“Funny thing to think back 25 years ago when I first moved to Princeton, IL to work for a small company and a man named Dave Larson. It wasn’t even called AgriEnergy Resources yet. Only had a handful of employees, and most didn’t have specific job titles, just did whatever needed to be done that day.

One of Gary's favorite thing about farm life is working with growers to achieve the highest yields yet.

One of Gary’s favorite things about farm life is working with growers to achieve the highest yields yet.

I first came to Princeton to meet Dave on a fall harvest day. The first thing he said was, “come take a ride with me.” We went about 5 miles north to see a farmer and long-time friend, Bill Fordham. Bill took us out in his field to look at several different corn plots, where he was trying different hybrids, tillage practices, and fertilizer treatments that Dave had recommended. I still remember how excited Bill was that a certain hybrid, with the right kind of tillage, and a good biological fertilizer mix made for some great looking (and yielding) corn! And because Bill was excited, Dave was just as excited for him! That’s when I knew that working for Dave Larson and the staff at AgriEnergy Resources was the place for me.

After all, what is more enjoyable in the fall than finding out which things we have spent all year testing either crash and burn (oops), or hit a home run (yahoo!)?

It still gives me a thrill to crunch through yield data with many of our growers and hearing them say, “Wow, that really worked. We’ve got to do more of that! [when using AER products]”

Over 25 years many things have certainly changed. From my role at ever-growing AgriEnergy Resources to the technology used when feeding the world on our farms, I know I made the right choice when I visited Princeton that one fateful day.”

We’re all looking forward to seeing what the next 25 years bring in agriculture!

What’s your favorite aspect of country living? We’d love to hear about it. Maybe even feature YOU in an upcoming post.

Until next time, happy trails!

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Where is the future of agriculture heading?

Have you ever taken a moment to contemplate this? With so many other demands making it hard enough just to get through the day, this often times gets overlooked.

But not for Dave Larson. And even though he is no longer with us, his wisdom will remain with us forever in the form of one a many speeches, essays, and research. In fact he gives a very enlightening twist to the future of agriculture that I find quite interesting.

It really makes you stop in your tracks and think.

From the pen of Dave nearly 26 years ago:

“We are losing a plant or animal species to extinction every 60 minutes. We may lose, in the next fourteen years, twenty percent of all remaining species of plants and animals, according to the President’s Council on Environmental Quality. The activities of one species, MAN, are totally responsible for the ecosystem changes causing this devastation.

Further, our water, air and soil are being degraded and depleted. Soil erosion caused by mineral extraction, deforestation, and modern agribusiness practices will, within the next three decades, create the loss of one-third of the planet’s topsoil.

I used to hear statements like these and I totally disbelieved their truth, I visualized a long haired “hippie,” completely out of touch with reality, predicting either doom or gloom several thousand years into the future or the demise of a small snail somewhere in the Chicago River.

My understanding has changed! In fact, my position is now 180 degrees from where it was earlier. Four years of experimenting with my irrigation system, attempting to build a non-limiting environment for growing corn, helped me understand the error of my thinking. The changes in the ecosystems in my own soil astounded me!

During that time, I applied extremely high amounts of anhydrous ammonia (400#N/year), muriate of potash (960#/year), and triazine herbicides (at 1 1/2 times the normal rate) in an attempt to raise 300 bushel-per-acre corn with no cultivation.

I speeded up a process which I believe was taking place on every “conventional operated” farm in the world today. I destroyed virtually all the biological life in the soil. One could not even find an earthworm in my fields. I caused the soil aerobic zone to diminish to 1 1/2 inches. The soil became more difficult to work. Yes, I speeded up a process that normally takes 25-100 years into 3-4 years!

“Man against nature…That’s what life’s all about!” declared General Thomas Sands, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. I must admit that I had developed a militaristic attitude of being at war with nature as well. I realize in retrospect that I was a product of the thinking of Bacon and Newton and others who set forth a view of nature as raw material existing for the sole purpose of being exploited. I was further influenced by political and economical theorists like John Lock and Adam Smith who suggested that nature only had value when it was turned into something useful. It had become easy for me to justify the use of the earth in any way at all, as long as individual freedom, knowledge, and prosperity were the results.

I now agree completely with Rev. Wesley Granberg-Michaelson when he states the Christian faith in the Western World has become captive to the assumptions of modern culture which sever God from the Creation and subject the Creation to humanity’s arrogant and unrestrained power. Rev. Michaelson goes on to state that the materialism which has developed has constricted the arena for truth to be known and for certainty to be established. He says, “Now reality can only be proved rather than accepted by faith.” In other words, the true nature of the world can only be known through scientific method. This severs God’s relationship to the Creation in understanding of the modern mind. In short, nature is commonly understood today as an object unto itself, apart from it’s relationship to God.

In the first chapter of Genesis, verses 26-28, the account is related to God’s creation of man in his own image. God blessed man and gave him dominion over the earth. The biblical term dominion does not mean domination of nature by man. The biblical concept of dominions is connected to two other key ideas: covenant and stewardship.

Future of Agriculture

The concept of covenant deals with God’s covenant with man. This covenant began in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 1:28-29) and was renewed with Noah, Abraham, and Moses. The covenant specifically states that God will remain faithful to us and will provide everything we need to live. For our part of the covenant, we are expected to be faithful to God and to live in a loving relationship with Him and with our fellow creatures. In this, God expects us to take care of the land.

The biblical idea of stewardship has become identified with the concept of wise management. I now understand it to mean much more than just wise management. To me it is the process of learning from nature and learning to work in harmony with all of the natural ecosystems, including the ecosystems found in the soil. I understand my specific responsibility for stewardship in terms of renewable farming.

When I evaluate a specific practice in our farming operation, that practice must be profitable and it must be practical if it is to be implemented. I also know that practice must contribute to the integrity, the beauty, and the harmony of the bionic community. If it does not, it is wrong for me to implement.

Wendell Berry has written, “The family farm is failing because it belongs to an order of values and a kind of life that is failing.” According to Berry, the failure of the rural way of life is at root a failure to grasp the complexity of life on earth and the simple truth that our existence depends on how well we take care of the soil.

Dr. Calvin DeWitt, Professor of Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin, says, “Christian stewardship is a care keeping of the earth that works to preserve and restore the integrity of the created order, doing the will of the Creator, and seeking for the Creator’s kingdom of integrity and peace — a kingdom devoid of human arrogance, ignorance, and greed. Christian stewardship is so living on earth that Heaven will not be a shock to us.”

As I consider alternatives for the future of agriculture, it is my prayer that I will be given renewed ears and renewed eyes for the presence of God in all of life, and that my farming practices will all be more and more in harmony with the Creator.”

So, I’m leaving you with this — Dave’s future is here. Where do you see agriculture in the next 26 years?

Until next time, happy trails!

 

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