Posts Tagged With: Soil

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™!!

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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Biological Farming Seminar: Field & Plant Tours

We are so excited to show off some of the most fertile fields in Bureau County, Illinois in just EIGHT days. Eight days, my friends, is all that’s standing between you and a wonderfully, guided tour of our crop land. See our new products shine with your own eyes at our upcoming field day!

We’ll show you how we grew more productive soybean plants pictured below. The stripped plants are showing the treated set (right) produced 48% more branches and 27% more productive nodes than the untreated counterpart.

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We’ll also show you how to get more foliage, uniformity, and bigger stems on corn plants. Which set can support the most 600+ kernel ears?

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There will be soil pits at each location with presentations on soil health and field observations made throughout the growing season.

Following the conclusion of the field tours at 5:00pm, there will be an optional tour of our plant so you can see how we do things.

Our Biological Farming Seminar & Field Day is scheduled from 9:00am-5:00pm Thursday, September 8 at Wise Guys Bar & Grill, 2205 N. Main St., Princeton, Illinois. Today is the LAST DAY to RSVP. Call 815-872-1190 or email A complimentary lunch will be provided for those with advanced registration. For more information, click here.

Tune in tomorrow as we briefly cover everything that will be on the seminar agenda!


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Biological Farming Seminar: New Product Launch

This has been one rewarding summer as we’ve been testing new product combinations all throughout the Midwest and up through the east coast. Over and over, we’ve seen these products work right before our very own eyes! Some growers can hardly believe it’s the same field. So what gives? What makes these products so great? Are farmers really that excited?


If soil health trips you up, then Dean Craine is your guy!

Find out at our upcoming Biological Farming Seminar & Field Day from 9:00am-5:00pm Thursday, September 8 at Wise Guys Bar & Grill, 2205 N. Main St., Princeton, Illinois. Our general manager Dean Craine will share what he’s seen in corn, soybeans, alfalfa, oats, potatoes, snap beans, wheat, peppers, tomatoes, and kale as well as in numerous greenhouses this summer. Let’s just say this is something you won’t want to miss no matter what you grow!

The success we have observed this summer with our new product line has been nothing short of amazing. We are observing synergism like nothing we have ever tested before. We have put “our” best with “their” best and have found amazing results. On September 8th we will have some of the best minds present to explain how this works.

Craine has been actively engaged in biological farming since 1982 when he began working with our founder, Dave Larson. Prior to being named general manager in 2001, he planned biological soil fertility programs as part of our agronomy sales team.

Reserve your spot today by calling 815-872-1190 or emailing A complimentary lunch will be provided for those who RSVP by August 31st. For more information, click here.

Tune in tomorrow to learn about the impacts of antioxidants and polyamines in crop production!


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Doudlah Field Day Recap

Last week, we had the opportunity to talk about soil biology in Mark Doudlah’s organic corn field during his field day in Wisconsin. It was a very well attended event and we had a blast chatting with everyone! Check out the highlights below!

If you like what you saw, we’re hosting a biological seminar and field day in Princeton, Illinois on September 8! We’ll be discussing soil biology, the impacts of antioxidants and polyamines in crop production, organic and conventional products for plant protection, fall fertility programs, field tours, and more. Click here for more details.

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Weather Wednesday 7/27/16

It cooled off quite a bit this week after the heat wave swept through the North Central Illinois area over the weekend.

It. Was. Hot.

There’s a few thunderstorms forecasted going into the weekend, but temperatures remain pretty average for this time of year.

Here’s a look at what our sales agronomists have been seeing, in terms of weather, around the Midwest:

Gary Campbell: It’s still very dry in Northwest Ohio. The Findlay area only had 2-3” of rain since June 1. The lighter soils are really showing heat stress. Parts of Southern Wisconsin received 3” of rain last weekend, and parts of Minnesota remain wet.

Ken Musselman: After going through a dry spell, Central Iowa received some big rains bringing some relief to the extreme heat. East Central Iowa continues to get timely rains.

Eric Johnston: We made it through the scorching weekend in North Central Illinois. Thankfully we had an inch of rain last week, and the forecast looks favorable through the end of the month. Just going by the size of the sweet corn ears I’ve been eating lately, we should have a good crop as long as it can hang on and fill the ears.

Ray Roettger: Most areas from Missouri to Pennsylvania are looking well with adequate to good moisture. Seems to be a dry area from Holmes County, Ohio through New York, but the crop growth is good.

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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Organic Field Day 8/4

Here’s another chance to take advantage of an upcoming field day we’re co-hosting with the Paul Novacek family and the Dramm Corporation in Warren, Minnesota. We’ll be discussing everything from soil health, to weed control, to diverse crop production.

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We’d love to connect with you. Give us a call today to reserve your spot!

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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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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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#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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Priority #1 – Soil Health

As you know, we take soil health very seriously. It’s only when you maintain healthy soil that yields can improve. Once you’ve started working with the soil, then you can begin implementing other changes. But what changes should be implemented and are they the right changes? We’ve found the Haney Test to be very helpful in this area. So much so that the mastermind behind the Haney Test, Dr. Rick Haney, has graciously accepted our invite to speak at our upcoming seminar, Next Generation Farming: Yesterday’s Wisdom + Today’s Technology = Our Future.

Healthy soil should have thriving biological activity, such as these earthworms.

Healthy soil should have thriving biological activity, such as these earthworms.

Dr. Rick Haney worked for farmers and ranchers off and on from 1975-2000 and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology/Chemistry from SWOSU in 1993. He then continued his education earning a Master’s Degree in Soil Microbial Ecology from Texas A&M University in 1997 and a PhD in Soil Chemistry from Texas A&M University in 2001 followed by a Post Doctorate in Herbicide Chemistry in 2002. He is currently a Soil Scientist with the Grassland Soil and Water Research Laboratory through the USDA-ARS in Texas. He will share with us a deeper knowledge of the Haney Test and how we can better achieve soil health. Through an integrated approach, the Haney Test uses chemical and biological soil test data to mimic nature’s approach to soil nutrient availability. It’s designed to work with any soil under any management scenario because the program asks simple, universally applicable questions. Make soil health a priority on your farm. We bet you’ll be pleasantly surprised with the results!

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. Reservations were due by January 18, but we have a limited number of seats still available. Please RSVP to AgriEnergy Resources 815-872-1190 or

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