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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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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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Considering Organic? Omaha meeting agenda posted

As Henry Rollins once said, “In winter, I PLOT and plan. In spring, I move.” We are so excited to plot and plan with you this winter season, as early as November 29! As most of you know we have 7 seminars scheduled through February and today, we’re releasing the agenda for our Omaha meeting, which will be held the week after Thanksgiving.

Omaha will be a bit special because it will be held at Midwest Laboratories on 13611 B Street. Midwest Labs is where we send our soil samples and attendees will have an opportunity to tour their facility. It’s quite impressive really! You will get to see their tissue, soil, and microbiology labs.

Anyway, if you can join us on the 29th, and we really hope you do, this is what you’ll be in for:

  • How to Maintain a Strong Biological Component for Sustainable Crop Production – Larry Zibilske, Texas Plant and Soil Lab 
    • Biology is essential in sustainable crop production. We’ll discuss how soil microbes, organic matter, soil biology, along with chemical and organic fertilization practices effect crop production. We’ll also explore ways to test soil quality.
  • AgriEnergy Resources Biologicals – Dean Craine, 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® could potentially help benefit your bottom line!
  • Midwest Labs Q&A with John Menghini PLUS a tour – John Menghini, Midwest Labs
    • What goes into a soil analysis you may be wondering? Wonder no more. This tour will take you above and beyond what goes into a typical soil analysis. Learn about aflatoxin and petiole tests too!
  • AgriEnergy Resources Organic Products – Eric Johnston, AgriEnergy Resources 
    • Learn what our organic programs entail and how we help guide customers through the transition period. We offer many programs including soil treatments, in-row and 2X2 starters, along with side dress and foliar, using both liquid and dry organic products. Our new program includes a liquid calcium treatment, which we’ll share numerous successful stories.

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      This is an organic snap bean field located in Wisconsin. Learn tips on how to achieve a similar result in Omaha!

  • Organic Insect & Disease Control Products/Programs – Mike Wyatt, AgriEnergy Resources, Nebraska
    • Each year has it’s up’s and down’s. 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, dry beans, soybeans, green beans, garbanzo beans, wheat, spelt, barley, oats, emmer wheat, and various grasses.
  • Organic Weed Control – Farmer Panel 
    • Hear from real-life farmers who combat obnoxious weeds like foxtail and giant ragweed by using flamers, tine weeders, cultivators, and more! These guys have some of the cleanest fields we have ever seen!
  • Q&A with the Experts – Reggie Destree, Organic Consultant; Mike Wyatt, AgriEnergy Resources, Nebraska; Eric Johnston, AgriEnergy Resources
    • Have questions how to improve your operation? We can help. Bring your questions on wheat and specialty grains, potatoes, corn, alfalfa, vegetables, beans, and transitional cropping.

If you want to be a part of our kick-off event from 9am-4:30pm, please reserve your spot by November 21 by calling 815-872-1190 or info@agrienergy.net.

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Fall fertility meeting in Ohio

Here’s another opportunity to learn about fall fertility if you missed our summer seminar about a month ago. We will be speaking on nutrient management and profitability with starters, foliar feeding, and fall fertility programs at an informational meeting hosted by Tom Besecker of Advanced Biological Solutions on November 1 from 9:30am-3:30pm in Cynthiana, Ohio.

We will be joining speakers Reggie Destree and Tom Besecker to bring you a day jam-packed with useful information. Reggie will be sharing about soil health, pest & disease control, weed control, and vegetable production. Tom will be sharing about cover crops and tips to improve pastures. We are so excited to be a part of this event and sincerely hope you can make it too!

A complimentary lunch will be provided for those with advanced registration. Please RSVP to Tom Besecker at 937-459-5104 or Michael Auker 937-365-1329 by October 26. The meeting will be held at the Town Hall in downtown Cynthiana.

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Next Year starts NOW!

I’m sure many of you are reading this in the combine. And that’s okay! What you do this fall “sets the table” for success in 2017, and we can help you set the table with both products and discounts!

15% Cash Discount* on all Dramm Fish products
10% Cash Discount* on all other AgriEnergy products**

With years and years of experience, we can help you figure out several timely issues on your farm:

  • Residue Management
  • Fall Seeding
  • Fertility for Fall Crops
  • Cover Crops
  • Preparing Forages and other Perennials for dormancy
  • Soil Testing

And, be sure to ask us specifically about the benefits of our biologicals in the fall:

  • Residuce®
  • SP-1™
  • Myco Seed Treat®

There’s still time to set the table for 2017! 

*Cash Discount applies to product delivered by November 1, and paid for within 10 days of invoice receipt
**Discount does NOT apply to commodities or pesticides

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Upcoming Field Days

If your summer has gotten away from you and you haven’t had a chance to connect with us at a field day, there’s still a few more opportunities – August 25 in Spalding, Nebraska or August 31 in Sterling, Ohio.

Whether you’re interested in organic row crops or organic dairy, there’s bound to be something for everyone:

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You’ll get to see fields such as this popcorn field at Glaser’s.

  • Glaser Farm Field Day – Join Jerry and Cindy Glaser at their farm, 50206 820th St., Spalding, Nebraska, for a day filled with networking and education from 10:30am-3:00pm on Thursday, August 25. The Glaser’s farm 750 irrigated organic crop acres and pasture to support 400 cow/calf pairs and organic grass-finished beef. They manage a rotation program incorporating popcorn, corn, beans, small grains, forages, and alfalfa grass mixes. The husband-wife team will share why they do what they do through guided field tours of several of their fields. Please RSVP to AgriEnergy Resources 815-872-1190.
  • Organic Valley Field Day – Hosted by the Scott Stoller family of Sterling, Ohio, theOrganic Valley Field Day will take a closer look into how one Organic Valley member is meeting the demands for organic milk, grain, and forages. Scott has been a
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    Scott Stoller’s organic dairy farm.

    member of Organic Valley for several years, producing organic milk, corn, alfalfa, clover, wheat sorghum sudan, and pasture. Tour his farm and learn what it takes to produce high quality organic milk from 9:30am-3:30pm Wednesday, August 31 at Scott Stoller’s farm, 10451 Eby Road, Sterling, Ohio. Please RSVP to John Daniel Schlabach 330-683-7321 or 330-465-1794 by August 24.

 

Hope to see you at one or both of these upcoming field days!

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Doudlah to host organic field day

OGRAIN (Organic Grain Resources and Information Network at the University of Wisconsin – Madison) and MOSES (Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service) will be co-hosting an organic field day at Doudlah Farms in Evansville, Wisconsin from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Thursday, August 11.

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Mark Doudlah’s organic corn

This event will explore a number of topics including, weed control, crop rotations, soil and human health, budgeting, crop insurance, dry bean production, and no-till soybeans. In fact, our sales agronomist, Gary Campbell, will be discussing the roles soil biology, starter fertilizers, foliar feed, and proper residue decomposition play in organic corn production.

Other speakers include Organic Consultant Gary McDonald, Emerging Markets Specialist Paul Dietmann, University of Wisconsin – Madison Researcher Dr. Erin Silva, M.D. Dr. Robert Waters, Regional Soil Health Specialist Justin Morris, Senior Organic Specialist Harriet Behar, and of course Farmer Mark Doudlah.

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Mark Doudlah’s pinto beans

Mark Doudlah operates a 1,450 acre diversified organic grain operation producing corn, soybeans, ancient grains, cover crop seed (Aroostook Rye, Purple Bounty Vetch, 4010 Forage Peas), dry beans, and canning crops.

This $10 event is open to all farmers and those interested in organic farming. Lunch will be included for all those that pre-register at mosesorganic.org.

The Doudlah Field Day will kick off at the Cooksville Community Center, 11204 N. Church Street, Evansville, Wisconsin 53536.

In the meantime, I’ll leave you with this highlight reel from last year’s field day. Hope to see you there!

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Organic Field Day 8/4

Here’s another chance to take advantage of an upcoming field day we’re co-hosting with the Paul Novacek family and the Dramm Corporation in Warren, Minnesota. We’ll be discussing everything from soil health, to weed control, to diverse crop production.

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We’d love to connect with you. Give us a call today to reserve your spot!

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#Plant16 has started

Twitter and Facebook reports are indicating 2016 corn planting has started in western Illinois in Pike County.

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While many of us are still waiting on temperatures to warm up, here are a few important tips to remember for early corn plantings :

  • Wait until soil temperature reaches 50° F. Keep your eye on the 7-day forecast and fight the urge to jump the gun!
  • If that forecast includes moisture, be wary. Planting within 24 hours of a cold rain will likely lead to imbibitional chilling, a condition that will harm germination when the seed absorbs cool water.
  • For optimum yields, remember to plant your corn at the correct depth for proper root development and consider a dry seed treatment (Myco Seed Treat®) containing beneficial fungi and bacteria.
  • If you’re tilling under corn stalks, cover crops, or alfalfa, use Residuce to turn yield-robbing residue into a yield-enhancing asset with accelerated nutrient cycling.
  • If some of your fields are marginal in calcium, or the calcium isn’t very soluble, consider a quick broadcast trip with Practi-Cal and SP-1™.

Last but not least, consider putting biology in your planter – Myco Seed Treat®, SP-1™, or Bio Aid WS. These products at planting can help get your crops off to the right start by cycling essential nutrients around the seed as it germinates, sprouts, and develops a root system.

We’d love to help you get all of your crops off to the right start. Give us a call today! 

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Grower meetings in February

We will be talking soil health and fertility at two upcoming grower meetings in February – the ABS Winter Workshop in Ohio on February 9 and the Souhrada Custom Spraying grower meeting in Iowa on February 11.

In Arcadia, Ohio:

Join Gary Campbell at the ABS Winter Workshop from 3:30-9:15 p.m. Tuesday, February 9 at the Arcadia Lions Community Center, 301 W. Brown Road, Arcadia, Ohio. Gary will be joining one of our consultants and one of our dealers to bring you everything you need to know from nutrient management, to weed control, to cover crops. Gary will be discussing biological nutrient management and the profitability associated with our starters and foliar feeding. Our consultant, Reggie Destree of Dramm Corporation, will discuss soil health and mineral balance for weed control along with transitioning to sustainable crop production. Our dealer, Tom Besecker of Adv. Biological Solutions, will share non-GMO seed varieties for 2016 as well as successful farming with cover crops. RSVP by February 2 to Tom Besecker at 937-459-5104 or John Reinhart 419-722-0297. A meal will be provided for those with advanced registration.

In Cresco, Iowa:

Join Ken Musselman at the Souhrada Custom Spraying Grower Meeting from 10:00-3:00 p.m. Thursday, February 11 at the Heritage Event Center, 229 3rd Ave., Cresco, Iowa. Ken will join crop consultants Reggie Destree of Dramm Corporation, Gilbert Hostetler of Prairie Hybrids, and Aaron Souhrada of Souhrada Custom Spraying, to provide “take home” information on planter set-up, weed/insect/disease control, crop fertility, and soil health. They will present ideas on how to stay profitable in 2016 based off of 2015 results. RSVP by February 5 to Aaron Souhrada at 641-220-3041. A meal will be provided for those with advanced registration.

We’d love to connect with you at one or both of these meetings!

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