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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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Harvest is underway

This picture.


This picture illuminates everything I love about fall. My farmer. My dog. Fresh picked butternut squash. Corn ready to be picked. Crisp weather. I could go on, but I won’t bore you with every single little detail we love about fall 😉

In a perfect world, this picture is what every farm family looks like the night before harvest. One last family dinner followed by some time of just being together before all the craziness starts. This picture illuminates the excitement of another bountiful crop. I mean even Molly (our dog) is smiling!

And so it begins. Harvest 2016.

From our farm family to yours, we wish you a very safe and bountiful harvest season!


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Weather Wednesday 8/10/16

It’s been pretty warm here in North Central Illinois, and for the most part, crops are looking good. There’s a few thunderstorms in the forecast within the next week so we may get some good rains. We shall see.

Here’s a look at what our sales agronomists are seeing around the Midwest this week:

Gary Campbell: Northern Ohio continues to be very dry and corn is showing visible stress. A few areas received showers last weekend, but not nearly enough. Central Wisconsin through Minnesota are completely opposite – they’re very wet after getting several inches last week, which has taken a toll on the edible bean crop.

Eric Johnston: It has been hot and not much rain since last week in Northern Illinois. A few places received a small amount, while other places didn’t receive any. A rainfall would be welcomed in most of Northern Illinois.

Ken Musselman: Northwest Indiana is very dry and crops are showing stress, especially on lighter soils. Some fields have only received 4 inches of rain since planting. Northeast Illinois is getting on the dry side after excessive late June and early July rains.

Mike Wyatt: The weather in Southwest Nebraska is very typical. Hot days in the nineties, nights in the upper sixties. Thunder storms build in the late afternoons. We have had enough moisture that the crops are in good condition. Rain amounts the last week were .85 inches over a small area.

Ray Roettger: The weather in Southern Indiana has been hot with plenty of moisture, however there is a dry area in Wayne County. Southern Missouri has adequate moisture in most areas.

And with that, here’s to another week of watching your crops grow!

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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Buyers to offer premium price on transitional grains

Editor’s note: This article originally appeared on our Ground Work, but we received such positive feedback we thought we’d share it on our blog too. 

Organic sales have been steadily increasing since 2006, and there’s no sign of it slowing down. Today’s consumer demands organic products, and we’re here to help farmers fulfill those demands efficiently.

Today 5,300 farmers plan to increase their organic production and 170,000 acres are currently being transitioned to organic production, according to the Organic Production Survey by NASS. Of those 170,000 acres, our customers are responsible for a large percentage.


Many are transitioning only part of their acres, with long-term goals of transitioning all their acres within 5 years. Take this first-year transition soybean field, for instance. The farmer has been using our Residuce® O on 150 acres. With minimal weed pressure, the soybeans look phenomenal. This particular farmer plans on transitioning the remaining 850 acres in the next 4 years.

While it can be nerve-wracking navigating the transition years with lots of expenses and little income, many well-known buyers have started offering premiums for transitional organic grains. Lately that’s been the biggest concern – how can I make it through the 3-year transition period financially? Well this could help!

Currently 3 buyers are offering premiums for transitional grain:

  • Stonebridge LTD – Stonbebridge is looking for 3,000+ Midwest transition soybean acres. Premiums available at $4 over CBOT/clean weight.
  • Grain Millers – Grain Millers is looking for transitional oats, hard red spring wheat, and hard red winter wheat.
  • Clarkson Grain – Clarkson Grain is looking for certified transitional corn, soybeans, wheat, and dry beans.


  • Tim Daley, Stonebridge, 319-277-4277
  • Lykke Westgren, Grain Millers transitional oats, 952-983-1299
  • Jessie VanderPoel, Grain Millers transitional hard red wheat, 952-983-1277
  • George Kalogridis, Clarkson Grain, 217-763-0089

Or your AgriEnergy Resources rep at 815-872-1190!

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Weather Wednesday 6/15/16

As I write this, we’re finally getting some much needed rain. You can almost hear all the farmers (and crops) give a big sigh of relief.

Here’s a look at what the weather is doing around the corn belt this week:

Reporting from Northern Ohio, our sales agronomist Gary Campbell, says a number of bean fields were finally getting planted last weekend. They had 2″ over Memorial Day, but dry now unless they caught a thunderstorm recently. He says much of Michigan is the same way – wet in May and dry since. Most of Wisconsin has caught a shower this week, but if you missed out it’s hot, dry, and the corn is stressed.

Reporting from Miami County, Indiana, our sales agronomist Ken Musselman says field work is progressing with more corn sidedressing to do. There’s adequate moisture with more rain yesterday and today. In Boone County, Indiana, he reports side dressing is completed and crops are off to a good start with excellent stands.

Reporting from Bureau County, Illinois, our sales agronomist Eric Johnston, says they finally got some much needed rain. Between Monday and Tuesday, they got anywhere from 1.5-3 inches depending on field location. This should really help as some of the crop were beginning to show signs of stress.

Reporting from Southern Indiana, our sales agronomist Ray Roettger, says it’s been a hot 92-95 degrees with humidity. It’s starting to get dry and some areas have had scattered thunderstorms getting anywhere from 0.5 – 1.5 inches of rain. He also reports the New York area is cool and dry for the most part. There’s some rain, but not enough to give adequate moisture.

And with that, here’s to another week of watching your crops grow!

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 6/8/16

As I write this, it’s a beautiful day! We spent the morning outside looking at our research plots and spent the afternoon looking at pictures, going over data we recorded, and of course the weather.

Crazy how the weather changes from town to town and even field to field! Here’s a look at what the weather has been doing around the corn belt this week.

Weather Pic

Because who doesn’t enjoy a picture of a devoted team of agronomists enjoying the sunshine?

Reporting from North Central Illinois, our sales agronomist Eric Johnston, says the area he farms south of Interstate 80, near Princeton needs RAIN!!! They’ve had one inch of rain in the past 30 days and two inches before that. The average precipitation for the last five years between January 1 and now is 18 inches. This year they’ve only had 9 inches. Please send any rain our way!! A lot of the customers he works with in Northern Illinois have had an adequate supply of rain.

Reporting from Davis County, Iowa, our sales agronomist Ken Musselman, says field work has resumed after more than two inches of rain. Cultivation has began on organic corn with the best potential at this stage. In Porter County, Indiana, Musselman says they keep missing the promised rain showers. They’re one third done with side dressing.

Reporting from Southwest Nebraska, our sales agronomist Mike Wyatt, says the weather has turned to normal temps, upper 80’s and low 90’s. Precipitation has become an occasional thunderstorm covering small areas. A hot, dry weather pattern is setting up.

Reporting from Southern Indiana, our sales agronomist Ray Roettger, says field work finally began again about noon on Tuesday after a rainy weekend. According to the forecast it’s going to be good through this week. Temperature is in the upper 70’s and low 80’s-90’s through the weekend. Crops in the area are half done to three quarters done. Fifty miles north and northwest of them are finished, on the lighter ground.

Reporting from Wisconsin, our sales agronomist Gary Campbell, says it’s wet if you had storms last weekend. With forcecast for highs in the 90’s coming up, the drier spots will start to show stress and really need a drink. In Central Michigan and Northwest Ohio, some areas are finally finishing up planting after several weeks of damp conditions.

And with that, here’s to another week of watching your crops grow!

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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Field meals – farmer approved

Have I mentioned how awesome Pinterest is? Seriously, when I have absolutely no idea what to make for dinner, Pinterest for the win!

Why am I sharing this? Because out of the two recipes I’ve made so far, my farmer’s requested the one and said he’d tolerate the other (even though I promised I wouldn’t tell anyone). Regardless, I thought they both turned out great and thought if you’re anything like me, you need all the recipe ideas you can get!

Up first, Creamy Spinach Tomato Tortellini. Takes 15 minutes to cook and is SO good. Disclaimer, my farmer doesn’t care for tomatoes or anything that comes close to resembling alfredo sauce, but he LOVED this. And actually requested it a second time. Get the recipe here. Side note, I used Rotel tomatoes for an extra kick, but if you don’t like spice, stick with the regular diced tomatoes.


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Up next, for a healthier, low-carb, meal Sausage, Pepper, and Onion Stuffed Zucchini Boats. I added chopped tomato and celery to the veggie mix and it was delightful. However I only put peppers, sausage and cheese in the farmers and he tolerated it. He said he wouldn’t necessarily order this dish in a restaurant, but I LOVED it. But then again, I’m a sucker for veggies and anything zucchini-related. I will note, these boats were the perfect size to pick up and eat with your hands (like a hot dog) making it easy to eat on the go. Get the recipe here.


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Next, we’re going to try these homemade hot Ham and Cheese Pockets because who doesn’t like a hot ham and cheese in the tractor?!

What’s your go-to field meal?

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A glimpse into our spring

Every year, it seems spring has a way of sneaking in. One day we’re snuggled up around the fire listening to the snow blow and then bam the snow’s gone. The grass is getting greener. Cows are having calves. Tractors are rolling. It’s spring time.

Amidst our hectic, spring schedules, it can be easy to lose our focus. Then you see this sweet face.


All is right with the world, even for a split second. You trudge on.

Then you see new life popping out of the ground. You get a second wind.


And wiping the dirt from your brow, you look out at this beautiful sunset knowing you did everything you possibly could to reap a bountiful harvest in a few months.


You thank God for the opportunity to be stewards of the land and the ability to overcome any obstacles nature throws our way this spring.

So, on this National Agriculture Day, we’re going to celebrate the start to another season. Embracing the challenges. Hoping for the best.

Happy National Ag Day, friends!


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Should you consider organic farming?

2016 winter seminarTrade show after trade show, we get asked, “I know something’s got to change. Should I consider organic farming? I’m just not sure.”

We say, “Absolutely!”

You don’t have to start big, rather make a small change little by little. Maybe start transitioning one field versus all of your fields. There will be a lot going through your head. You’ll have many questions. That is why we’re bringing a real life banker, an organic consultant, and organic farmers to our upcoming seminar. They will help answer some of those tough questions.

  • Banker’s Perspective – Richard Ritter, Senior Vice President of Agricultural Lending at Flanagan State Bank in Gridley, Illinois, was once quoted saying organic farmers are generating “more consistent income, more annual net income, and less risk of the lender with higher crop insurance guarantees.” He has over 23 years experience and is credited for developing Flanagan State Bank’s quarterly newsletter, “Farming with a Future,” that is mailed to over 1,000 farmers and landlords in central Illinois. He grew up on a family farm producing and marketing corn, soybeans, wheat, hogs, beef, chickens, eggs, milk, and butter. At the end of the day, Richard Ritter believes organic commodities are less risky than conventional.
  • Consultant’s Perspective – Gary McDonald was born and raised on a central Illinois grain and livestock farm where organic farm practices were used before it was labeled “organic.” He rented his first farm in 1979 and transitioned nearly 1,000 acres to what today would be considered Certified Organic Production. Currently Gary is involved in hands-on Organic Farm Management, working with all facets from organic system planning, to records, to inspection, and marketing. He specializes in weed control and marketing, as these consistently prove to be the most talked about.
  • Organic Farmers’ Perspectives – Jerry and Cindy Glaser farm 750 irrigated organic crop acres and pasture to support 400 cow/calf pairs and organic grass-finished beef near the foot of the Nebraska Sandhills. They manage a rotation program incorporating popcorn, corn, beans, small grains, forages, and alfalfa grass mixes. This husband-wife team will discuss why they got into organics, why they’ve expanded their organic operation, and everything in between…the questions, the challenges, the do’s and don’ts, the finances, and the rewards.

While the option to go organic is ultimately up to you, we are here to help answer any of your fertility questions.

Our seminar, Next Generation Farming: Yesterday’s Wisdom + Today’s Technology = Our Future, will be held from 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 26 at the Timber Creek Convention Center, 3300 Drew Avenue, Sandwich, Illinois 60548. A block of rooms have been reserved at the Timber Creek Inn & Suites (attached to the convention center) 630-273-6000. Please note, there is no charge to attend this seminar, but reservations are needed by January 18. Please RSVP to AgriEnergy Resources 815-872-1190 or

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My 28-Year Biological Farming Journey

2016 winter seminarWhen I first came to AgriEnergy Resources, I noticed something different than any other place I’ve ever worked. I noticed their team work, their love for the land. I was in awe as I sat back listening to each of the agronomists talk about the land and how they were going to help each individual customer. I was even more in awe when I learned how many different soils they’re working with from Colorado to New York. It takes skill to be able to come up with fertility programs to address specific needs of each soil type and customer. As I watched them interact with a few customers, their eyes would light up. As I dove even deeper into this biological journey, I realized how they not only care for soil health, but our health as well. It was then I knew I was right where I needed to be; helping promote biological farming and giving hope to those who feel they’re at a dead end. For if it wasn’t for the seed our founder, Dave Larson, planted 28+ years ago, I’m not sure I’d be here, or for that matter, get the opportunity to hear Jim Mitchell speak at our upcoming seminar Next Generation Farming: Yesterday’s Wisdom + Today’s Technology = Our Future.

Jim Mitchell was one of AgriEnergy’s first customers, and has graciously accepted our invitation to share his biological farming journey with us. Jim and his wife, Shirley, farm over 1500 acres of non-GMO corn and soybeans near Eaton, Ohio. He began his biological farming journey in the 1980’s and has been a grower and distributor with us ever since. He will share with us his successes and some growing pains he’s encountered along the way. We’ll learn his keys to consistently high yields while holding down NPK fertilizer input costs. Learn how success next season can begin with last year’s residue breakdown and learn why Jim believes in biological farming.

Our seminar will be held from 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 26 at the Timber Creek Convention Center, 3300 Drew Avenue, Sandwich, Illinois 60548. A block of rooms have been reserved at the Timber Creek Inn & Suites (attached to the convention center) 630-273-6000. Please note, there is no charge to attend this seminar, but reservations are needed by January 18. Please RSVP to AgriEnergy Resources 815-872-1190 or

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