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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What are disease suppressive soils?

What’s all this fuss about disease suppressive soils, anyway? According to one of our speakers at our upcoming seminars on Feb. 6 & 8, disease suppressive soils are soils that support beneficial microbes that inhibit specific soil-borne plant diseases.

“The growing understanding of disease suppressive soils is exciting, but there’s still enough left to learn to make them a bit mysterious and very tantalizing,” explained Michael Bomford, PhD, Kwantlen Polytechnic University.

We are thrilled to glean more expertise from Michael!

Until then, here’s a sneak peek at what he’ll be sharing. He’s currently a faculty member in the Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems department at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Richmond, British Columbia.

Intrigued by what you just saw? Reserve your spot today by contacting us at 815-872-1190 or info@agrienergy.net. 

Michael spent 10 years at Kentucky State University, conducting research, extension, and teaching programs related to organic agriculture. His work focuses on organic and sustainable agriculture systems suitable for adoption by farms operating with limited resources. He has done extensive research in disease suppressive soils and will share his discoveries. He has a Master of Pest Management from Simon Fraser University and a PhD in Plant and Soil Sciences from West Virginia University, where he conducted research on one of the nation’s first land grant university farms operated entirely according to national organic standards.

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2018 Winter Seminar Series

AgriEnergy Resources winter seminar series entitled “What’s New In: Weed Control, Disease Control” will kick off with a 1-day seminar in Indianapolis on Feb. 6, followed by another 1-day seminar in Des Moines on Feb. 8. Both seminars will feature the same information and will be a day for growers to learn the latest in weed control, as well as soil tilth and disease suppressive soils.

“We are excited to feature some experts in soil and crop health and share our discoveries with our guests. It’s been a fun year experimenting with our products on different crops as we have seen consistent results,” said AgriEnergy Resources general manager Dean Craine.

Specifics include:

  • Machinery – Harrow, Rotary Hoe, Tine Weeder, Finger Weeder, Roller/Crimper No-Till, Optic Guidance, RTK Guidance, Cultivator, High Speed Disc, Spring Tillage Techniques, Weed Puller, Flamer, Weed Zapper
  • Fertilizer Placement
  • Soil Fertility
  • Crop Rotation
  • Manure vs. Compost
  • Organic Herbicides
  • Band vs. Broadcast Application
  • Cover Crop Weed Suppression
  • Tilth Amendments

Speakers include:

  • Michael Bomford, PhD, Kwantlen Polytechnic University
  • Michael Orzolek, PhD, The Pennsylvania State University
  • Cody Wilkinson, Tillage Specialist, John Deere
  • Indianapolis Weed Control Panel: Gary McDonald, Tom Besecker
  • Des Moines Weed Control Panel: Paul Huenefeld, Dennis Demmel, Scott Shriver

The Indianapolis seminar will be held on Feb. 6 from 8am-5pm at the Crowne Plaza, 123 West Louisiana Street, Indianapolis, IN 46225. 317-631-2221.

The Des Moines seminar will be held on Feb. 8 from 8am-5pm at the Hilton Garden Inn, 8600 Northpark Drive, Johnston, IA 50131. 515-270-8890.

A block of rooms have been reserved at each location.

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This is a free event and a complimentary lunch will be provided for those who RSVP to AgriEnergy Resources by January 23, 2018 at 815-872-1190 or info@agrienergy.net.

We hope to see you in February!! 

 

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Coming to a mailbox near you…

Are these hot-off-the-press invites! We’re so excited to share with you what we’ve been working on lately.

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In addition to Michael Bomford and Michael Orzolek, we have an exciting speaker roster. Stay tuned for a complete agenda.

In the meantime, save the dates. The Indianapolis seminar will be held at the:

  • Crowne Plaza, 123 West Louisiana Street, Indianapolis, IN 46225
  • 317.631.2221
  • 8am-5pm

The Des Moines seminar will be held at the:

  • Hilton Garden Inn8600 Northpark Drive, Johnston, IA 50131
  • 515.270.8890
  • 8am-5pm

A block of rooms have been reserved at each location.

To reserve your spot, give us a call 815.872.1190!

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Fall fertility meeting in Ohio

Here’s another opportunity to learn about fall fertility if you missed us at any of our summer events. We’ll be speaking on ways to increase biological life in the soil and the many successes we’ve seen in crops this year at an informational meeting hosted by Tom Besecker of Advanced Biological Solutions on Thursday, November 9 from 9:30am-3:30pm in Cynthiana, Ohio.

We will be joining speakers Reggie Destree and Tom Besecker to bring you a day jam-packed with useful information. Reggie will be sharing about soil health, pest & disease control, weed control, and vegetable production. Tom will be sharing about cover crops and tips to improve pastures. We are so excited to be a part of this event and sincerely hope you can make it too!

A complimentary lunch will be provided for those with advance registration. Please RSVP to Tom Besecker at 937-459-5104 or Michael Auker 937-365-1329 by November 3. The meeting will be held at the Town Hall in downtown Cynthiana.

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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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AER Seminar Scheduled in South Dakota

If you’re in the South Dakota area on July 26, here is another opportunity to see some of our products in action. Organized by our sales representative, Alan Dale, here is all the information you’ll need.

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Alan covers South Dakota, Iowa, and Missouri. He will be joining speakers Ken Musselman and Reggie Destree.

The Watertown Event Center is located at 1901 9th Avenue SW, Watertown, South Dakota. A complimentary lunch will be provided for those who RSVP to AgriEnergy 815-872-1190 by July 17.

Hope to see you there! We’re excited to show how our products have been performing in the Dakotas.

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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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LaCrosse Seminar to Feature Independent Plant Breeder & Consultant

Surprise your valentine with the opportunity of a lifetime! Give him/her the gift that keeps giving. As they say, knowledge is power.

Tomorrow is the last day to register for our upcoming seminar, “Bios for Transitioning to Organics.” We’re so excited to discuss various ways to improve your organic operation or offer support to begin your transition journey. No matter which stage of organics you are in, we’re here to help.

In addition to discussion on dry beans, organic programs, crop rotation options, insect/disease control, and biologicals for transitioning, we’ll also be discussing nitrogen fixation from the roots up. Madison-based independent plant breeder and consultant, Ken Kmiecik, will focus on biological nitrogen fixation and strengthening the plant/bacteria/soil system.

With 40 years experience in researching field studies, genetic resources, plant breeding, related laboratory techniques, and plant pathology in the most common bean production areas, we’re so excited he’ll be joining us in LaCrosse.

If you haven’t reserved your spot yet, there’s still time. Call us today at 815.872.1190 or email info@agrienergy.net. Our seminar will be held from 1:00pm-9:00pm February 22 at the AmericInn Hotel & Conference Center, 1835 Rose St., LaCrosse, Wisconsin.  

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Hope to see ya there and Happy Valentines Day!

 

 

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