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OGRAIN Field Events

It seems as though we went straight from winter to summer here in Illinois! As soon as the last of the April snows melted, it warmed up in a hurry. Never thought I’d be typing “April” and “snow” in the same sentence, but stranger things have happened I guess.

As we wrap up with plant ’18, we’re full speed ahead. Looking forward to seeing how this year’s crop is shaping up and of course we’re excited for summer field days. Speaking of field days, here are some hosted by OGRAIN:

  • July 12Small Grains, Modest Grains: A Pragmatic Approach to Profitability and Sustainability
    • Hughes Farms, 4031 S. US Why 51, Janesville, WI. 53546
    • 8:30am-3:30pm

This field day will highlight the diversity and innovations at the Hughes Farm in Janesville. Farming over 5000 acres in a parallel operation consisting of both conventional and organic practices, the Hughes have succeeded in developing diverse rotations and markets. This field day, in partnership with Practical Farms of Iowa, MOSES, and the Organic Seed Alliance will discuss and showcase cover crops for green manures, weed control, soil erosion reduction, and water quality improvements; tips for trailing varieties for performance under organic management; and basics of transition to organic certification.  If you’re in the business of oats, barley, wheat, rye, and triticale, you may benefit from the buyers and sellers lunch. Attendees will have the opportunity to discuss contracting, grain quality specifications, pricing and other important small grain information. RSVP to Debra Boekholder debra@practicalfarmers.org by June 18.

  • July 16Mechanical Weed Management Field Clinic
    • University of Wisconsin Arlington Agricultural Research Station, N695 Hopkins Rd., Arlington, WI. 53911
    • 10:00am-3:00pm

This field-based summer clinic, hosted by the UW Arlington Research Station, will demonstrate several weed management tools, including tine-weeders, rotary hoes, row cultivators, and roller/crimping equipment. They will be late-planting corn and soybeans, allowing them to take the equipment in the field and demonstrate set-up and field operations. Experts will be on-hand to discuss best weed management strategies for different crop stages and field conditions. To register of a meal, please RSVP to Jody Padgham padgham@wisc.edu by July 11.

  • July 31 – Integrating Cereal Grains into an Organic Dairy Rotation
    • Wilson Family Dairy Farm, Cuba City, WI. 53807
    • 9:00am-2:30pm

This field day will be hosted by the Wilson Family Farm, who milk 400 cows on 2,900 organic acres. Farming organically since 1996, the Wilson’s emphasize soil health, and the connection between soil health, plant health, and healthy people and animals. This field day will discuss and demonstrate the integration of rolled-crimped rye into their soybean crop (which the Wilson’s have done for almost a decade), soil health gains on the farm, and the integration of cereal grains into a dairy rotation as both quality feed for the herd and off-farm sales. This field day is co-hosted with MOSES and Organic Valley/CROPP Cooperative.

  • August 23UW Organic Agriculture Research Field Day
    • N695 Hopkins Rd, Arlington, WI. 53911
    • 1:00pm-4:00pm

This field day will highlight research conducted on the certified organic land at the UW Arlington Research Station. Research highlighted will include equipment modifications for rolling/crimping rye, interseeding cover crops into corn, interseeding soybeans into spring seeded cereal rye, and cover crop strategies to reduce tillage in organic corn production.

  • August 29Diversifying Organic Grain Rotations with Alternative Crops
    • Lily Lake Organic Farm, 4N852 Wooley Rd., Maple Park, IL. 60151
    • 1:00pm-5:00pm

The focus of this field day, hosted by Lily Lake Organic Farm, will be on growing dual-purpose buckwheat as a cash crop and as a cover crop. Buckwheat increases soil health and reduced the need for tillage, and can be profitable as a cash crop. In addition, learn about another cover crop superstar: sorghum sudangrass. This cover crop is invaluable in controlling Canada thistle and a great soil builder as well. Various pieces of equipment for controlling weeds in grain crops will be on display. We will discuss the use and effectiveness of each tool. This field day is co-sponsored with MOSES and the IDEA Network.

For more information on any of these events, contact Erin Silva, emsilva@wisc.edu or 608-890-1503.

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Sanden Garden Update

Hope everyone had a good week! Just thought I’d give a brief update on our garden project!

The lettuce, beets, and radishes continue to grow. Not much different than last week. We have a few butternut squash and spaghetti squash plants emerging, as well as some cilantro. I’ll share another video as things continue to grow.

In the meantime, I wanted to share a side-by-side comparison of my pink knock-out rose bushes. I got these last year and they were absolutely stunning, and then we had this weird spring weather, which I think set them back bit, a lot.

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When I treated these with SP-1™ about a month ago, they both looked like the untreated plant on the left. Therefore, I wanted to share the differences between the 2 so I can go back and treat the other one. I really want to start seeing some color! Maybe they just need a little kick-start this year!

Anyone else experiencing this? If so, what are you doing to pull them out of it? Maybe some SP-1™ can help!

Until then, I’ll be over here figuring out how to prune these bad boys.

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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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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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Would ya look at that?

As we’re still waiting for everything to green up here in north central Illinois, we got this pic from an ecstatic customer in North Carolina.

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He operates a turf company and has applied SP-1, calcium-boron, and fulvic acid.

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Notice the difference between the treated lawn (right) compared to the neighbor’s untreated lawn (left). This is with only one application. He plans on doing 2 more applications through the summer and fall. Can you imagine how green and luscious it’ll look then? He’s been at this for 12 years and works on both residential and commercial properties.

Until then, we’ll be daydreaming of barbecuing on that beautiful, luscious, green grass until our grass greens up here in Illinois.

In the meantime, we can help you achieve your best turf yet. Give us a call at 815-872-1190. We’d love to set up a fertility program based on your specific needs!

 

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A glimpse into our spring

Every year, it seems spring has a way of sneaking in. One day we’re snuggled up around the fire listening to the snow blow and then bam the snow’s gone. The grass is getting greener. Cows are having calves. Tractors are rolling. It’s spring time.

Amidst our hectic, spring schedules, it can be easy to lose our focus. Then you see this sweet face.

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All is right with the world, even for a split second. You trudge on.

Then you see new life popping out of the ground. You get a second wind.

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And wiping the dirt from your brow, you look out at this beautiful sunset knowing you did everything you possibly could to reap a bountiful harvest in a few months.

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You thank God for the opportunity to be stewards of the land and the ability to overcome any obstacles nature throws our way this spring.

So, on this National Agriculture Day, we’re going to celebrate the start to another season. Embracing the challenges. Hoping for the best.

Happy National Ag Day, friends!

 

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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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Spring on the farm

This will be my very first spring on the farm as an official farm wife. And I must say, I’m looking forward to it. My days have been spent dreaming about warmer weather, and the garden we’re going to plant this year. Our very first garden together! I’m so excited!

Anyway, I can’t wait to turn this:

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Into this:

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Shoutout to my husband for growing the best sweetcorn this side of the Mississippi! I can’t take credit for all that deliciousness 😉

Aside from his famous sweetcorn, we’re going to plant green beans, beets, zucchini, green peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers, jalapeños, radishes, lettuce, squash, carrots, and watermelon. We just love ourselves a farm-fresh meal. There’s nothing better!

Anway, are you planting a garden this year, or a field, or a whole farm? If so, what are you planting? It’s not too late to get your fertilizer orders in!  Give us a call today at 815-872-1190.

We look forward to helping you get your crops off to a bumper start!

 

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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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