Posts Tagged With: Healthy Soil

How to get 600+ kernel ears

Another great comparison of SP-1 and Even Up corn plants next to untreated plants. Notice how there’s more foliage and uniformity as well as bigger stems on the treated set.

Corn Plant Side-by-Side Comparison

Which set can support the most 600+ kernel ears?

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AgriBoost CA shines on soybean plot

Don’t think applying a starter is worth your time and money? Check out these soybeans in Bureau Township. Notice the color change where AgriBoost CA was applied about half way in the field in 2 x 2 band with the planter, compared to the lighter side where AgriBoost CA was not applied.

Soybean AgriBoost CA

AgriBoost CA has a base of calcium nitrate with a lot of other components, including a trace mineral package. Which half do you think will perform better?

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Is it possible to feed the world sustainably?

According to John Reganold and Jonathan Wachter it is. The Washington State University researching duo authored “Organic Agriculture in the 21st Century” which was published in Nature Plants. Through extensive research, they found organic agriculture is playing a key role in innovative farming systems.


Illustrated by Reganold and Wachter, this graph shows how organic farming systems can better balance the four areas of sustainability.

Rather than single out any sector of farming, they found the best approach to feed an ever-growing population was through a systems approach; a blend of all farming systems.

What was interesting though, is that they did find, under extreme drought conditions, organic farms have the potential to produce high yields because of the higher water-holding capacity of organically farmed soils, backing up what we’ve known to be true for years.

Want to learn how to weatherproof your soils? Comment below and we’ll be sure to follow up with you!


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Hope in healthy soil

You know how they say when you’re really stressed you’re supposed to go outside, take off your shoes, stand barefoot in the grass and just breathe? Something about re-grounding yourself. In my case, it’s a nice long run and then I’ll go barefoot. And you know what? Call me crazy, but I always feel better afterwards. Whether it’s a runner’s high or there really is something to “re-grounding” yourself, more times than not, it gets me through whatever issues I’m stressing over.

Well, according to a series of 15- and 30- second public service announcements the NRCS has distributed, there really may be something to “re-grounding” yourself. These PSA’s highlight the critical role healthy soil plays in our lives all over the country. They’re very well put together and show the solutions to many of our problems could be right beneath our feet. Check it out…could there be hope in healthy soil?

Healthy soil lays the foundation for the rest of our lives. I’ll let that sink in on this fine Earth Day.

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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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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

P.S. Be sure to like our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter for daily seminar updates.

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Controlling your Future

2016 winter seminar Some of the best advice I gleaned in college was “control the controllable and everything else will fall into place.” I like to be in control. I like to make plans. I like to execute my plans. I like to predict the outcome. I enjoy crushing my goals. I like the challenge.

As you can imagine, this advice did not sit easy in my college brain. Since then, life has taught me that sometimes, no matter the plans you have, something always derails you. It doesn’t matter how passionately you felt about a certain goal or how hard you worked something will always knock you over. Now, being married to a farmer, that is some of the best advice I’ve ever gotten. If I tried to control everything, I don’t think I wouldn’t be able to sleep at night.

Sometimes the only thing keeping me going is knowing I did everything in my power to achieve certain goals and that alone eases my sometimes anxious heart. It’s knowing I did my very best and the leaving the rest up to the good Lord. And it’ll work out exactly as it should, even if it’s not exactly how I would’ve envisioned. So what’s that have to do with controlling your future? Well with yesterday’s wisdom and today’s technology, the future is indeed a bright one. Start by controlling what you can control and plan to attend our seminar Next Generation Farming: Yesterday’s Wisdom + Today’s Technology = Our Future from 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 26 at Timber Creek Convention Center in Sandwich, Illinois.

We will be focusing on everything we’ve learned in our 28+ years of experience as well as where the markets are heading well into 2016 and beyond. Let us help you control the controllables!

Our complete agenda is as follows:

  • Controlling your Future – Dean Craine
  • My 28-Year Biological Farming Journey – Jim Mitchell
  • Priority #1: Soil Health – Dr. Rick Haney
  • Priority #2: The First 40 Days – Ken Musselman, Jerry Carlson
  • Priority #3: Satisfy the Consumer – Anthony Suau
  • New & Emerging Markets
    • Organic Valley – Kevin Kiehnau
    • Clarkson Grain – George Kalogridis
    • Bay State Milling – Doug Lockwood
    • Bay Shore Sales – Jim Sattelberg
    • Goodness Greeness – Bob Scaman
    • Organic Marketing – Reggie Destree 
  • Should you Consider Organic Farming?
    • Banker’s Perspective – Richard Ritter 
    • Consultant’s Perspective – Gary McDonald
    • Organic Farmers’ Perspectives – Jerry & Cindy Glaser 
  • A 12-Month Fertility Program: Addressing your Priorities, Controlling your Future – Ray Roettger

Virtually meet each speaker and get a sneak peak of their presentations right here leading up to the seminar. We’re so excited about this year’s speaker roster and hope you are too. Learn why we believe biological farming is the future of economical, high-quality food production.

RSVP to AgriEnergy Resources by January 18 at 815-872-1190. A complimentary meal will be available for all pre-registered guests. We have also reserved a block of rooms at Timber Creek Inn & Suites (attached to the convention center) for $119 + tax until January 8 and $169 + tax after January 8. Please call 630-273-6006 for those reservations. Timber Creek Convention Center is located at 3300 Drew Avenue, Sandwich, Illinois 60548, just 30 miles from Interstates 88, 55, 80, and 39.

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December: Soils, Cultures, and People

Even under snow, healthy soil will be teaming with biological activity.

Even under snow, healthy soil will be teeming with biological activity.

It’s no surprise the final month during the International Year of Soils recognizes soils, cultures, and people in the same month that Americans will gather in the homes of loved ones to celebrate Christmas and New Years. In 2002, the International Union of Soil Sciences made a resolution proposing December 5 as World Soil Day to annually celebrate the importance of soil as a critical component of the natural system and as a vital contributor to human well-being.

Over the last year we’ve been able to join the world in celebrating all the amazing characteristics soil possesses. Such as the direct relationship between soils and the climate, products we use, environment, health, recreation, construction, water, urban life, and agriculture. It has been a great year raising awareness of just how important soils are even in our day-to-day lives. We believe life begins in the soil and that with healthy soil, we can change the world.

Healthy soil is the base for healthy plants, healthy animals, healthy food, and healthy people. So, as we gather this holiday season with our loved ones, lets not forget to be thankful for the world’s agriculturists as they enrich lives one healthy field at a time.

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Next Generation Farming: Yesterday’s Wisdom + Today’s Technology = Our Future

We are so excited to announce our 28th annual winter seminar has been scheduled for Tuesday, January 26, 2016 8:30am-5:00pm in Sandwich, Illinois. With yesterday’s wisdom and today’s technology, your farming future is a bright one. This is one event you won’t want to miss!

AER 2016 Winter Seminar

Learn from an outstanding speaker line-up why we believe biological farming is the future of economical, high-quality food production. Hear experts on soil health, new marketing opportunities, new soil tests, reducing risks, and more. Our detailed agenda will be announced in December.

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Timber Creek Inn & Suites (attached to the Convention Center) at our group rate (includes hot breakfast buffet) of $119 + tax until January 8 or $169 + tax after January 8. Call 630-273-6006 to make your reservation. There are no other lodging options in Sandwich, however, some hotels are available along Interstates 88, 55, 80, and 90. Timber Creek Inn & Suites is located at 3300 Drew Avenue, Sandwich, Illinois 60548.

We sincerely hope you will be able to join us in January!

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What are you thankful for?

Today, we’re thankful. Thankful to live in small-town U.S.A., capturing scenes like this, even in the midst of a storm.

Thanksgiving 2015

Reminders from up above that there is always a silver lining; you just need to know where to look. So, yes, today we are thankful to be a part of a growing agricultural community. We’re thankful for our roles in providing America with healthy food, beginning in healthy soil.

From our table to yours, Happy Thanksgiving!

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