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Farm tours to feature a variety of AER products

Here’s a chance to see a few farms with strong fertility programs using some of our products including, Myco Seed Treat®, SP-1™, starters, foliar applications, in-furrow, and side-dress. At AgriEnergy Resources, we believe there’s still another opportunity to turn a good crop into a great crop. Join us from 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 26 on several farm tours in Ohio, hosted by John Daniel Schlabach of JDS Seeds. We will visit 6 farms and learn what others have done to manage their crops. One of our agronomists, Gary Campbell, will be there all day discussing how late-season foliars can complement a strong early season program. He will be joining speakers John Daniel Schlabach, Kevin Fowler of Fowler Seed Marketing, and participating farmers. It should be a great day to get your questions answered while learning from some of the best. The following farms are participating:

Darry Neuenschwander and Sons – 8:00 a.m. at 2887 West Lebanon Road South, Dalton, Ohio. Darry and his sons have a conventional dairy and grow corn, alfalfa, and soybeans. They plant non-GMO corn for silage and grain. They applied SP-1™ with 28% nitrogen at planting and are having an excellent crop year so far.

Scott Stoler

Guests will get the opportunity to visit farms such as this one operated by Scott Stoller, which will wrap up the day’s tours. 

Woodlynn Acres Farm – 9:00 a.m. at 647 South Kurzen Road, Dalton, Ohio. Fred and Scott Myers farm about 3,000 acres with about 1,200 acres in hay production. Last year they transitioned 1,000 acres to organic production, plus had 60 acres of certified organic corn and 200 acres of certified organic hay. This year they are transitioning an additional 1000 acres. They have used AgriEnergy corn starter and applied foliar fertilizer to their hay, corn, and small grains. They will be showing the modern equipment and technology they use to get the job done.

Venture Heritage Farm – 10:15 a.m. at 13777 Arnold Road, Dalton, Ohio. Jon is farming on Steve Steiner’s farm. We’ll look at his organic no-till corn planted into hairy vetch, along with his vegetables and small scale equipment.

Ervin Miller, Jr. Farm – 10:45 a.m. at 4347 Welty Road, Apple Creek, Ohio. Ervin and his family grow organic corn, soybeans, hay, and pasture. He has been using AgriEnergy products for several years and has been using 4010 forage peas as a spring slowdown crop with excellent results. He uses a variety of tools for weed control and bought a new Multivator (in the row rototiller).

Jake’s Restaurant – 12:00 p.m. at 6655 East Lincoln Way, Wooster, Ohio. Join us for lunch at Jake’s.

Trent Troyer Farm – 12:45 p.m. at 5537 South Apple Creek Road, Apple Creek, Ohio. Trent Troyer is growing organic corn, hay, and soybeans and has been using AgriEnergy products for six years. He has 5 broiler houses where he sells and spreads broiler manure. See how he utilizes broiler manure and foliar application on his farm.

Greenfield Farms Cooperative – 1:45 p.m. at 6464 Fredricksburg Road, Wooster, Ohio. Tour Greenfield Farms’ dry fertilizer mixing plant and their warehouse distribution center. See local produce being brought in and prepared for shipment to area retailers.

David Colvin Farm – 3:00 p.m. at 9135 Geyers Chapel Road, Creston, Ohio. David and his family are members of Organic Valley and have an organic dairy, and also grow corn silage, alfalfa, and pasture. They are using AgriEnergy starter and foliar programs on their farm.

Stoller Organic Farm – 4:00 p.m. at 10451 Eby Road, Sterling, Ohio. Scott and his family are Organic Valley members and grow organic corn, soybeans, wheat, oats, hay, and pasture. Scott uses a variety of tools for weed control and was one of the first farmers in the area to use AgriEnergy products. He also built a new milking parlor and expanded his herd. This year he has a large organic corn variety plot, a soybean plot, and a fertility plot for AgriEnergy.

There is no need to RSVP for any of the farm tours; just show up and attend as many as you prefer. Feel free to stay the whole day or enjoy only a handful of tours.

For more information call John Daniel Schlabach at 330-465-1794.

ALSO, if you’re in the Evansville, Wisconsin area on August 3, be sure to visit us at the Doudlah Farms Organic Field Day from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.at the Cooksville Community Center, 11204 N. Church Street, Cooksville, Wisconsin. Organic Farmer Mark Doudlah will be showing some of his farming practices that include several of our products. Call him at 608-490-0926 or mark.r.doudlah@gmail.com to reserve your spot!

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Weather Wednesday 10/19/16

The unusual warm weather for this time of year has harvest clipping right along. It got up into the 80’s this week with very little moisture. At this rate, guys will have enough time to apply Residuce® to shoot for higher yields next year.

Here’s a look at what our guys are seeing in the field:

Mike Wyatt: We are having beautiful fall weather in Nebraska. Day time highs in the 70’s, nights in the low 30’s. No precipitation. Harvest is in a pause due to wet corn, should get started again in about a week.

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The hay crop in Montana is literally under water.

Ken Musselman: There’s too much rain in North Central Montana. It’s too wet to pick up hay bales, spray fallow ground, or pick up rocks.

Gary Campbell: Harvest is progressing quickly in Michigan and Ohio, with highly variable yields caused by the dry summer. Edible bean harvest has been a challenge in Wisconsin, with spotty showers plus warm temps keeping plants (and weeds) green and moist. A farmer in Southeast Minnesota reports good yields despite the excessive rains & flooding in September.

Ray Roettger: It’s sunny and in the high 60’s in Northern Indiana, however it looks like rain tomorrow. In Southern Indiana, the temperature got up in the high 80’s. There was a light shower this morning, but harvest is moving along great.

Eric Johnston: Harvest is progressing rapidly here in Northern Illinois. With ideal weather the past few days, a lot of beans have been harvested. It’s been a bit of a struggle, for some guys, though, because of wind damage. Looks like we are set for nice weather to continue this week.

And with that, here’s to another week of harvest.

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Weather Wednesday 10/5/16

Harvest has been rolling along pretty smooth these last few days. The weekend was a bit wet and drizzly, but not quite enough rain to totally stop some guys. There’s some rain in the forecast for this afternoon and tomorrow, which could slow some guys so we’ll see what happens.

Here’s a look at what our guys are seeing in the field:

Mike Wyatt: Fall weather, what can I say. Day time temps around 70, nights down to the low thirties. Tonight will get down to 32 due to a front moving through. No rainfall as of yet, it did rain to the east of us about 50 miles. The wheat emergence is spotty due to the lack of moisture. Seven day forecast is more of the same in Nebraska.

Ray Roettger: The weather in Southern Indiana is great for harvest – adequate moisture  and plenty of sunshine. Northern Indiana is wet, a lot of rainy days in a row. Better days are on the way. Harvest will soon resume.

Tom Adams: Temps have been very mild in New York. Not much rain, though that may change this weekend. We have had two light frosts, but it didn’t kill anything. A lot of 3rd & 4th cutting being put up. Corn chopping is well under way, although in some areas the corn is still quite green. Leaves are turning color. All in all we have had a real nice beginning of fall season.

Gary Campbell: Drier weather this past week has allowed harvest to get started in Wisconsin and Michigan, although rain this week may slow things down. The forecast in the Wausau area calls for low temps in the 30’s next weekend, so frost is a concern where the crop is still maturing. Growers in Northwest Ohio say the corn yields are down due to dry conditions most of the summer.

Ken Musselman: A new round of overnight rain showers in Iowa has delayed harvest again. Some areas in North Central Iowa have not dried out enough from rains last week to resume harvest. Locally (in Bureau County, Illinois), a lot of corn has been harvested and some soybeans were harvested yesterday.

Eric Johnston: Harvest is in full steam ahead mode here in North Central Illinois. A lot of corn has been picked. The weather has been decent for harvest the past week. I know some farmers who would’ve liked to have been picking beans, but they’ve been tough to get because it’s been too humid and overcast most of the time. There is a chance of rain today so we’ll see how much moisture we get.

And with that, here’s to another week of harvest.

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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Farm tours to feature variety of AER products

Ohio Farm Tour memo2Here’s a chance to see a few farms with strong fertility programs using some of our products including, Myco Seed Treat®, SP-1™, starters, foliar applications, in-furrow, and side-dress. At AgriEnergy Resources, we believe there’s still another opportunity to turn a good crop into a great crop. Join us from 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 27 on several farm tours in Ohio, hosted by John Daniel Schlabach of JDS Seeds. We will visit 6 farms and learn what others have done to manage their crops. One of our agronomists, Gary Campbell, will be there all day discussing how late-season foliars can complement a strong early season program. He will be joining speakers John Daniel Schlabach, organic consultant Reggie Destree, and participating farmers. It should be a great day to get your questions answered while learning from some of the best. The following farms are participating:

Stoller Organic Farm – 8:30 a.m. at 10451 Eby Road, Sterling, Ohio. Scott and his family are Organic Valley members and grow organic corn, soybeans, wheat, oats, hay, and pasture. Scott uses a variety of tools for weed control and was one of the first farmers in the area to use AgriEnergy products. He also built a new milking parlor and expanded his herd.

Andy Mast Farm – 10:15 a.m. at 3444 East Messner Road, Wooster, Ohio. Andy and his sisters grow organic produce for Greenfield Farms. They have focus on growing squash, zucchini, and kale. Andy will discuss what he has done to make his farm more productive. Join us in the discussion.

Greenfield Farms Cooperative – 11:00 a.m. at 6464 Fredricksburg Road, Wooster, Ohio. Tour Greenfield Farms’ dry fertilizer mixing plant and their warehouse distribution center. See local produce being brought in and prepared for shipment to area retailers.

Scott Stoler

Guests will get the opportunity to visit farms such as this one operated by Scott Stoller, which is also the first stop of the morning. 

Jake’s Restaurant – 12:00 p.m. at 6655 East Lincoln Way, Wooster, Ohio. Join us for lunch at Jake’s.

Ervin Miller, Jr. Farm – 1:15 p.m. at 4347 Welty Road, Apple Creek, Ohio. Ervin and his family grow organic corn, soybeans, hay, and pasture. He has been using AgriEnergy products for several years and his crops look good. He uses a variety of tools for weed control and bought a new Multivator (in the row rototiller).

Woodlynn Acres Farm – 2:30 p.m. at 647 South Kurzen Road, Dalton, Ohio. Fred and Scott Myers farm about 3,000 acres with about 1,200 acres in hay production. This year they made the decision to transition about 1,000 acres to organic production with 60 acres of organic corn and 200 acres of organic hay this year. They have used AgriEnergy corn starter and applied foliar fertilizer to their hay, corn, and small grains. Their organic corn looks very good and their organic hay quality was excellent. Join the discussion of their farming practices and see the modern equipment and technology they use.

Craig Stoller Farm – 4:00 p.m. at 14665 Mt Eaton Road, Rittman, Ohio. Criag Stoller and his family are Organic Valley members and milk Holsteins. He is a young farmer that has been using AgriEnergy products for several years. Join us as we visit his farm and discuss his farming practices.

There is no need to RSVP for any of the farm tours; just show up and attend as many as you prefer. Feel free to stay the whole day or enjoy only a handful of tours.

For more information call John Daniel Schlabach at 330-465-1794.

 

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SP-1 among others shine in pasture land

A field visit in Six Lakes, Michigan in mid-June was filled with rave reviews of some of the effects our products have had on a transitional hay field. The farmer operates a dairy operation and is wrapping up his final transition year.

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Transitional hay ground in Six Lakes, Michigan.

Jersey cows grazed this field early spring prior to a SP-1, Pillar, K-Sulfate, and fish application. In late May, the first cutting of hay was completed. Currently the farmer is gearing up for a second cutting and has been very pleased at how green and lush this grass is compared to area fields. He even noted better stands.

Need help “greening up” your hay field fertility program? Comment below with your location and we’ll get you in contact with the right person!

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Farm Favorite Friday: Fritz

Guess what day it is…Farm Favorite Friday my friends!

I am so excited for today’s post written by Mardel Robinson. Mardel is one farm woman I’ve grown to look up to. Hey, us farm gals have to stick together!

Anyway, she grew up showing cattle, passed the ropes on to her daughter, and currently serves on the Bureau-LaSalle-Marshall-Putnam Extension Unit Council, and the Princeton Farmers Market Board.

So without further adieu, here is her story:

“This time of year I always think of Fritz. Fritz Westphal. The farmer a mile west of our place, on Ashley Road between Plattville Road and Helmar Road. I don’t remember a time that I didn’t know Fritz, his wife Mary, and their three children.

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Mary was my 5th grade teacher in 1963, when President Kennedy was shot. After she told us the horrible news, she led our class in prayer. Glad I grew up then instead of now!

Sometimes I would go play with Fritz and Mary’s younger daughter Sharon, who was pretty nice to me considering she was a few years older. Sharon’s brother Dan and sister Dorothy were too old to care about us.

Fritz and my dad co-owned a baler with Andy and A.J. Our four families spent the summers moving from one farm to the next baling hay and straw, and eating great dinners prepared by the wives. We were all just down-to-earth farm folks who were neighbors by chance, and business partners and close friends by choice.

Yep, Fritz and his family accounted for a lot of my childhood memories at Pine Lawn Farm north of Plattville, Illinois. But there’s one memory in particular that always comes to mind this time of year. Fritz’s left hand. The hand that required Mary to alter his glove. The hand that only had his little finger and maybe a third of his palm; the rest of his palm, his other three fingers, and his thumb had disappeared into the corn picker late one fall afternoon. My dad said Fritz was hurrying to beat the rain.

I know this story is a bit morbid, and it’s certainly not my favorite farm memory, but it’s an important lesson and reminder. PLEASE everyone, be safe this harvest season. No matter how far behind you get in the fields, please take time to eat healthy meals and to rest your body and your mind. Be extra vigilant when operating or repairing machinery, and when moving machinery on the roads. Don’t take short-cuts. And keep tabs on the others in your crew.

Remember my friend Fritz!”

A bit morbid? Yes. But it could have been much worse. So please be safe out there; life is already too short.

Do you have a similar story? How’s your harvest going? We’re currently looking for someone to feature in next week’s Farm Favorite Friday?

Until next time, happy trails!

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