Posts Tagged With: Planting

SP-1™ … Our SPec1al Product

SP-1™ is one of the most versatile products in our Biological Farming arsenal.
  • SP-1 can be applied almost every way imaginable – liquid in-furrow starter, 2×2 row support starter, transplant solution, liquid sidedress mix, foliar fertigation, aerial…
  • SP-1 is loaded with multiple strains of bacteria and fungi, plus other microbes known to benefit both the soil and growing plants.
  • SP-1 also includes carbon substrates, vitamins, and minerals to keep all the microbes fed, growing, and working hard at their jobs.

If a picture’s worth a thousand words … here’s a 7,000-word essay about SP-1™!!

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Now is a great time to start thinking about your spring SP-1 applications. Call your AgriEnergy Rep today to learn more 815.872.1190!
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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!

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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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 6/8/16

As I write this, it’s a beautiful day! We spent the morning outside looking at our research plots and spent the afternoon looking at pictures, going over data we recorded, and of course the weather.

Crazy how the weather changes from town to town and even field to field! Here’s a look at what the weather has been doing around the corn belt this week.

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Because who doesn’t enjoy a picture of a devoted team of agronomists enjoying the sunshine?

Reporting from North Central Illinois, our sales agronomist Eric Johnston, says the area he farms south of Interstate 80, near Princeton needs RAIN!!! They’ve had one inch of rain in the past 30 days and two inches before that. The average precipitation for the last five years between January 1 and now is 18 inches. This year they’ve only had 9 inches. Please send any rain our way!! A lot of the customers he works with in Northern Illinois have had an adequate supply of rain.

Reporting from Davis County, Iowa, our sales agronomist Ken Musselman, says field work has resumed after more than two inches of rain. Cultivation has began on organic corn with the best potential at this stage. In Porter County, Indiana, Musselman says they keep missing the promised rain showers. They’re one third done with side dressing.

Reporting from Southwest Nebraska, our sales agronomist Mike Wyatt, says the weather has turned to normal temps, upper 80’s and low 90’s. Precipitation has become an occasional thunderstorm covering small areas. A hot, dry weather pattern is setting up.

Reporting from Southern Indiana, our sales agronomist Ray Roettger, says field work finally began again about noon on Tuesday after a rainy weekend. According to the forecast it’s going to be good through this week. Temperature is in the upper 70’s and low 80’s-90’s through the weekend. Crops in the area are half done to three quarters done. Fifty miles north and northwest of them are finished, on the lighter ground.

Reporting from Wisconsin, our sales agronomist Gary Campbell, says it’s wet if you had storms last weekend. With forcecast for highs in the 90’s coming up, the drier spots will start to show stress and really need a drink. In Central Michigan and Northwest Ohio, some areas are finally finishing up planting after several weeks of damp conditions.

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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Technology to make planting a breeze

With planting season off to a flying start, there’s a lot to keep track of, a lot to do, and a lot on our minds. Technology continues to enhance productivity on our farms and we continue to look for apps to help make your jobs easier.

Over the last 2 years, we’ve compiled several lists here, here, and here. But today, we want to add a few more that have been found to be very effective:

Ag PhD Planting Population: Available for both Apple and Android devices, Ag PhD Planting Population has 2 functions. First, during planting season, the app can determine optimum in-row spacing between seeds based upon row width and the desired planting population per acre. Second, after crop emergence, the app allows farmers to determine a stand count by helping them count the number of plants that have emerged in a specific row.

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Ag PhD Soil Test: Available for both Apple and Android devices, Ag PhD Soil Test is a complete system for nutrient management. It maps soil-testing results and gives fertilizer recommendations. Ag PhD works exclusively with Midwest Laboratories, who we work with, to provide you with one of the most comprehensive test packages available at a competitive price.

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If you do download these apps, keep in mind, we’d love to go over any soil-testing or fertility questions you may have. If you already have these apps, how would you rate them? What other apps would you recommend?

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Field meals – farmer approved

Have I mentioned how awesome Pinterest is? Seriously, when I have absolutely no idea what to make for dinner, Pinterest for the win!

Why am I sharing this? Because out of the two recipes I’ve made so far, my farmer’s requested the one and said he’d tolerate the other (even though I promised I wouldn’t tell anyone). Regardless, I thought they both turned out great and thought if you’re anything like me, you need all the recipe ideas you can get!

Up first, Creamy Spinach Tomato Tortellini. Takes 15 minutes to cook and is SO good. Disclaimer, my farmer doesn’t care for tomatoes or anything that comes close to resembling alfredo sauce, but he LOVED this. And actually requested it a second time. Get the recipe here. Side note, I used Rotel tomatoes for an extra kick, but if you don’t like spice, stick with the regular diced tomatoes.

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Photo credit: cookingclassy.com

Up next, for a healthier, low-carb, meal Sausage, Pepper, and Onion Stuffed Zucchini Boats. I added chopped tomato and celery to the veggie mix and it was delightful. However I only put peppers, sausage and cheese in the farmers and he tolerated it. He said he wouldn’t necessarily order this dish in a restaurant, but I LOVED it. But then again, I’m a sucker for veggies and anything zucchini-related. I will note, these boats were the perfect size to pick up and eat with your hands (like a hot dog) making it easy to eat on the go. Get the recipe here.

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Photo credit: thetwobiteclub.com

Next, we’re going to try these homemade hot Ham and Cheese Pockets because who doesn’t like a hot ham and cheese in the tractor?!

What’s your go-to field meal?

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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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Planting pinto beans with Derek Shrock

Yesterday we got the chance to run out to one of our customer’s fields as he was finishing up planting pinto beans just outside of Tampico, Illinois. We greatly appreciate Derek’s cooperation in letting us film his equipment in the field to show that modern organic farming is very similar to modern conventional farming.

In the video below, our agronomist, Ken Musselman, explains what goes in to planting certified organic pinto beans and the GPS technology that makes the job easier.

We’re so thankful the weather actually cooperated with us yesterday. It’s been raining off and on all day today! Be sure to tune back in for more videos with our agronomists!

Oh and be sure to follow our YouTube channel for additional tips and recommendations throughout the growing season!

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#Plant15 Mystery Giveaway Winner Announced

And the winner is…

Robert and Nicole Wheeler of Tiskilwa, Illinois with this picture.

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Here, Robert is finishing up with corn planting on the family farm. The duo got the most likes, shares, and comments. They won some sweet AER gear, including travel mugs for the whole family and a baseball cap.

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A huge thanks to everyone who sent photos for this contest! We had so much fun collecting them as they came in!

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#Plant15

A note from our editor…

Katlyn Rumbold We’re more than half way through planting season here in north-central Illinois and the corn is finally starting to pop up. Watching the little seedlings emerge ignites a certain level of excitement within me signifying a brand new beginning. A new season. With that said, most of the farmers around here are finishing up with corn and starting beans. So far, it’s been a pretty smooth season, despite some heavy rains and cool temperatures.

 

 

Not from north-central Illinois? Here’s a peek at what’s going on to the north and south of us:

Marlow NashReporting from Southeast North Dakota, Marlow Nash says it’s been many years since they’ve seen this much early season planting progress. He said some guys even had some soybeans planted by May 1. There’s an old saying in his parts that goes “plant in the dust and the bins will bust.” While he doesn’t want any busted bins, Nash has been blessed with good rains and is praying for good crops.

 

 

Josh BoanReporting from Florida, Josh Boan says the corn is up and out of the ground in north Florida and Georgia. He said peanut and cotton planting is well underway and early beans are also being planted. The weather is warming and the southeast is drying out.

 

 

 

How’s your planting season going? Is the weather cooperating in your neck of the woods? Send your updates to Katlyn at krumbold@agrienergy.net so we can share right here!

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