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Weather Wednesday 8/24/16

The weather has been insane today. One of the big maple’s on the property got struck by lightning either late last night or the wee hours of the morning. Needless to say, today has been crazy hectic trying to get our internet back up and the mess cleaned up. But we did it and most everything is back up and running smoothly!

So, without further ado, here’s your weekly weather report:

Ken Mussleman: Northeast Iowa continues to get adequate to excessive rains. There’s quite a bit of SDS showing up in bean fields. With the frequent rain showers, it’s difficult to make hay. In Bureau and Henry County, Illinois there’s some wind damage and ponding water. They both had 2.5-3.5 inches of rain overnight. Beans are lodged from excessive moisture.

Gary Campbell: In Michigan, what used to be dry for most of the summer, is now very wet. Several growers report 8-10″ over the past 3 weeks, with localized patches of over 5″ last weekend. The crops are moving toward maturity, and overall, looking good.

Eric Johnston: This past week has brought a good amount of moisture with different rain events happening throughout Northern Illinois.  This morning we received a nice shower – looks like we got around ¾ inch.

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

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Weather Wednesday 8/17

It has been absolutely crazy in terms of weather this last week.

I had the opportunity to go the Illinois State Fair this past week helping my family with our show cattle this past weekend. Little did we know what was about to happen as we entered the ring to compete for Champion Angus Friday evening. A loud clap of thunder, followed by blackness and a torrential downpour. Within 10 minutes, the show got postponed and the fairgrounds were flooded. Never seen anything like it! Show supplies were floating out of the barn, power cords were under water, campers and trucks were nearly submerged. Complete chaos. It was a miracle no one was injured and all the cattle were okay. Talk about an exciting start to the Illinois State Fair. See the pics here.

Thankfully the rest of the Midwest didn’t see as much rain. Here’s a look at what our sales agronomists have been seeing this past week:

Ken Musselman: This week I’ve been traveling in Southeast Iowa through Northern Missouri, and on into Northeast Kansas. For the most part, they all were very dry in June and have gotten adequate to excess moisture since then. This week has been cooler; a welcome relief after all the hot weather. Crops are looking good, and some corn is within 2 weeks of maturity.

Mike Wyatt: Weather in Western Nebraska is very normal. Isolated thunder storms pop up in the late evenings. Hailed on one pivot of corn last night. Day temps are in the nineties, night temps are getting down into the upper fifties. That is usually a sign of seasonal change starting. We will need good rains for wheat drilling in mid-September.

Gary CampbellEastern and Central Wisconsin have been getting timely rains. The crops look very good and hay has been growing. Drier parts of Ohio and Michigan have received some rain in the past week, but need more.

Ray Roettger: We’ve had rain about everyday in Southern Indiana and Southern Illinois. It’s also been hot and wet. Northern Indiana has been on the dry side, but now has adequate moisture and crops are growing well. Central New York hasn’t had much rain, although they did receive some rain which has really helped the crops recover.

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

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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!

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Weather Wednesday 8/3/16

The sun is shining and it’s shaping up to be a beautiful day here in Princeton, Illinois. We got a few scattered showers over the weekend, which we will gladly take as parts of Michigan, western New York, and Massachusetts have been experiencing drought conditions. According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, 74% of topsoil in Massachusetts, 66% of Michigan topsoil, and 51% of New York topsoil was rated as having short or very short moisture levels. Hopefully they get some rain soon!

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

Ken Musselman: Weather conditions continue to be generally favorable in most areas of Iowa, Illinois, and Indiana, however there are some dry pockets and isolated wet areas. Most rain systems have had very uneven coverage, but temperatures have been mostly favorable. Crops continue to advance at a rapid pace.

Gary Campbell: Many areas of Michigan finally received much needed rain last weekend, some parts 2 – 4 inches. Other areas need more rain as the stress increases with warm temps the rest of this week. Northern Ohio is in a very similar state, with some areas getting nice rains and others still waiting for moisture.

Eric Johnston: Rain has been real spotty in Northern Illinois this past week. Some growers I work with got some rain while others haven’t had any last week. We didn’t see any on our farm so some rain would be welcome.

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

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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.

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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.

Contact:

  • 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 7/13/16

The weather was a bit wacky last night. A mile down the road from our house it had poured and we didn’t get any rain. A few drizzles but nothing significant. It poured in the next town over, but just missed us. Maybe it’ll move in our direction as the day progresses.

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

Reporting from North Central Indiana, our sales agronomist Ken Musselman, says the ground is dry after a wet spring and early summer. Some areas received beneficial rain Tuesday.

Reporting from Northern Ohio, our sales agronomist Gary Campbell, says it’s getting very dry. Corn is rolling on sandy soils in the heat, and because of a wet planting season, clay soils are now turning dry and crusty. The crops need a drink! On the other hand, West Central Wisconsin and East Minnesota received up to 3 inches of rain last week with some areas having high winds causing damage to corn. The rain was needed. Overall, crops are doing well.

Reporting from Southwest Nebraska, our sales agronomist Mike Wyatt, says the weather has been very typical for this time of year – hot and dry. Day time temps are in the 90’s and low 60’s at night. They did drop down to 52 degrees Monday night, and humidity is very low.

Reporting from Southern Indiana and Southern Illinois, our sales agronomist Ray Roettger, says the weather has improved greatly. Temperatures are still relatively hot, but they received adequate moisture over the last week. New York is still on the dry side. Crop conditions in most areas have improved greatly over the last week.

Reporting from North Central Illinois, our sales agronomist Eric Johnston, says the rains just missed them yesterday. There’s been 30% less rain as compared to the last 10-year average on the ground he farms near Tiskilwa. Would be nice to get another good rain as the corn crop begins to pollinate. There is rain in the forecast for this afternoon/evening.

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

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Weather Wednesday 6/29/16

As I write this, it’s a beautiful out; in the 70’s. Blue skies, sunny, with a few clouds and a slight breeze. It’s what we call a perfect day!

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

Reporting from North Central Illinois, our sales agronomist Eric Johnston, says another nice rain wouldn’t hurt anything. The rainfall amounts this year have been all across the board.  On some of the ground we farm, we had 1 inch during a storm while one neighbor had 5 inches and another neighbor had 3 inches.

Reporting from Southwest Nebraska, our sales agronomist Mike Wyatt, says the weather continues to be warm and dry. Temperatures have dropped from the upper nineties to the upper eighties during the day, to low sixties at night. Rain this time of year comes in the form of thunderstorms in the evening. That type of storm also brings hail, as has been the case the last two nights. Wheat harvest will start by the fourth of July, and the corn crop looks good.

Reporting from Wisconsin, our sales agronomist Gary Campbell, says many parts of the state received up to 2 inches of rain last weekend so farmers from Appleton to LaCrosse are reporting good growing conditions and nice looking crops. Canning peas are close to harvest, while dry bean planting is finishing up. In Southern Michigan through Northern Ohio, he says things are looking up with cooler temperatures, good soil moisture, and ripening wheat.

Reporting from Western Iowa, our sales agronomists Ken Musselman, says there has been less than an inch of rain in the month of June. There’s been multiple reports of dry weather stress along I-70 from Springfield, IL to Columbia, MO.

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

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Weather Wednesday 6/22/16

I was jolted awake at 3:00am this morning by thunder that rattled the entire house. While the thunder has let up, it’s been raining off and on since, giving our crops a much needed drink, up to 6.5 inches in some spots!

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

Reporting from Bureau County, Illinois, our sales agronomists Eric Johnston, says he woke up to 8/10 in his rain gauge and they’re getting even more rain. This is coming at a perfect time as a lot of the corn is beginning to go through the rapid growth stage.

Reporting from Northeast Iowa, our sales agronomist Ken Musselman, says most everyone is getting some rain this morning. Guys are foliar spraying and still have dry beans to plant. They should be finished cultivating on corn this week. In Indiana, he says most areas are dry and showing signs of drought stress this week, but looks like they’re going to get rain today.

Reporting from Southwest Nebraska, our sales agronomists Mike Wyatt, says weather continues to be hot and dry. Day time temps are in the low 90’s and nights are in the 70’s. The wheat crop is ripening fast, and there’s a 20% chance of a thunderstorm this evening. Irrigation systems are running a bit early this year.

Reporting from Southern Indiana, Illinois, and Kentucky, our sales agronomist Ray Roettger, says it’s been in the upper 90’s. So far, there’s been no rain which allows side dress and wheat harvest to progress nicely. He says the weather in New York is dry and the temperature ranges from 75-85 degrees.

Reporting from Western Michigan, our sales agronomist Gary Campbell, says it’s hot and dry. The crops look good, but will show stress soon if they don’t get rain.

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

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4-21-4, SP-1, WakeUP Spring update

A long-time friend of AgriEnergy Resources, Jerry Carlson of Renewable Farming LLC, is testing our 4-21-4 and SP-1, along with his WakeUP Spring, on a research plot this summer.

Note the side treated in-furrow with 4-21-4, SP-1, and WakeUP Spring has more uniformity than the control side. Notice how much more growth and foliage is on the treated side.

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Due to wacky weather this spring, this plot took until May 21 to plant, but the stand is uniform and we’ll be watching for differences.

Stay tuned…

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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!

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