Posts Tagged With: Organic Farming

Driving Tour to Feature 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 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 25 on several farm tours in Ohio, hosted by John Daniel Schlabach of JDS Seeds. We will visit 5 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, Reggie Destree, 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:

Stoller Organic Dairy – 8:00 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. This year he has a large organic corn silage plot, a soybean plot, and an AgriEnergy fertility plot.

Trent Troyer Farm – 10:15 a.m. at 5537 South Apple Creek Road, Apple Creek, Ohio. Trent has been using AgriEnergy products for 6 years and grows organic corn, soybeans, and hay. He also has 5 broiler houses where he sells and spreads broiler manure. See how he utilizes broiler manure and foliar application on his farm.

Jakes’ Restaurant – 11:30 a.m. 6655 East Lincoln Way, Wooster, Ohio. Join us for lunch at Jake’s.

Ervin Miller Jr. Farm – 1:00 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 has been using 4010 forage peas as a spring slowdown crop with excellent results.

Woodlynn Acres Farm – 2:00 p.m. at 647 South Kurzen Road, Dalton, Ohio. Fred and Scott Myers farm 3,000 acres with 1,200 acres in organic production and 800 in transition. This year they have 500 acres organic corn, 400 acres organic hay, 65 acres organic soybeans. In the remaining acres, they grow oats, barley, rye, and forage peas. 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.

Darry Neuenschwander & Sons – 4:00 p.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.

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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Winter Seminar Dates Announced

We have some exciting things planned for this year’s seminars so be sure to stay tuned for a formal invitation! In the meantime, save the date that works best for you!

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Hope to see you there!

 

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Organic Kitchen

It comes as no surprise that organic food sales continue to rise. It all boils down to what the market wants, and right now the market is demanding clean, fresh foods. Now, more than ever, the majority of consumers pay close attention to what they’re putting in, not only their bellies, but their children’s as well. Farmers have taken note, and are working diligently to fill that void. Along with several other grain buyers, we help farmers achieve their goals of producing certified organic food for the masses.

According to the Organic Trade Association’s 2016 U.S. Organic Industry Survey, total organic food sales in 2015 were $39.7 billion, up 11 percent from the previous year. Take a look at where your state stacks up.

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This spring, the OTA will be releasing its’ 2017 industry survey which will look at the U.S. organic market in 2016.

Organic foods can now be found in the kitchens of 82.3 percent of American households. What’s interesting though, is how clean eating and organics are becoming the norm, even when eating out. While vacationing with my husband in Arizona, we were pleasantly surprised to find a lot of the local eating establishments catered around the organic lifestyle. Restaurants such as Picazzo’s Organic Italian Kitchen, True Food Kitchen, Grabbagreen, and our personal favorite, Prep & Pastry.

While not all their menu selections are certified organic, they only serve locally sourced food and seasonal fruits and vegetables. The hubs had The Dip (italian beef), I had the Cubano (honey roasted ham, duck confit, house pickles, swiss cheese, stone ground mustard), and our sweet, great aunt had the Grilled Cheese (tea smoked tomato, white cheddar, brie, parmesan rubbed asiago bread, arugula pesto) with Tomato Bisque. That grilled cheese was on point!

Anyway, we are very excited to be a part of this movement and look forward to working with both transitional and organic growers in the future!

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USDA Offers Grants for Organic Agriculture

At AgriEnergy Resources we pride ourselves in being a leader within the biological/organic farming community. With great leadership, comes great mentorship. We’re always looking for opportunities where our customers can benefit. Whether it’s a list of transitional buyers here, organic buyers there, or product giveaways/discounts at our seminars, we always have your best interest at heart.

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We test a variety of product combinations, new products, and more on our summer research plots. Here, a few of our agronomists are comparing soybean roots this past summer.

In fact, we came across this exciting funding opportunity from the USDA. With the continued demand for organics, the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is offering up to $3.8M in funding to support research, education, and extension for both new and existing organic farmers and ranchers.

Research areas include documenting and understanding the effects of organic practices such as crop rotation, livestock-crop integration, organic manure, mulch/compost additions, cover crops, and reduced or conservation tillage on ecosystem services, greenhouse gas mitigation, and biodiversity.

If this is something that interests you, click here for more information. Applications are due March 9.

If you do end up receiving a grant, keep us in mind. Every year, we conduct a variety of research trials.

Good luck!

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Weather Wednesday 9/28/16

It’s finally starting to feel like fall here in north central Illinois. Harvest is still rolling along. Folks seem to be making good progress and with little to no rain in the 7-day forecast, odds are pretty good, they’ll get a lot done through the weekend.

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

Mike Wyatt: Fall weather is upon us. Day time high’s of eighty degrees, night’s drop down to low thirties. We have had no precipitation and none in the forecast for the next seven days. Good harvest weather in Nebraska!

Ken Musselman: There is a fair amount harvested in Iowa, however, there are some delays as the rains ranged from .5-16 inches last week. There’s lots of variability in soil conditions, but I have heard there are a lot of 70-80 bushel beans.

Gary Campbell: Heavy rain and flooding for the last month has made corn silage and hay cutting a real struggle for many in Western Wisconsin. Edible bean growers are waiting for fields to dry to begin harvest.

Ray Roettger: We just got some rain in Southern Indiana, which has been good for late beans.

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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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

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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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FALL SPECIALS through November 1st

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Did you hear about our FALL SPECIALS?

Whether you need a late season foliar to finish out this year’s crop, or you’re ready to set the table for next year’s crop, we’re here to help you.

What you do today sets the tone for your next growing season. Why not make it a great one with some major DISCOUNTS?

The following discounts are good on deliveries through November 1:

  • 15% cash discount on all Dramm fish products
  • *10% cash discount on all other products when paid
    within 10 days of billing

*Offer excludes commodities and pesticides.

Give us a call today!

 

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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!

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 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!

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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