5 Ways to Ensure Better Soybean Health

soybean health

United Soybean Board

Although each crop has specific needs to be able to achieve their maximum economic yield, soybeans have earned themselves a reputation for being a lower-maintenance crop. Growers might be surprised to see that with a little extra effort, they can have more impact on their soybean yields by producing stronger and healthier plants. With this careful attention, yield results may prove surprisingly better come harvest. (more…)

The 4 R’s For Nitrogen Management and Corn Production in Wisconsin

By Alex Yost, YieldPoint™ Program Specialist

Recently the Agri-View newspaper published an insert of UW Discovery farms research in Buffalo County, this Insert sparked my interest as I read about the sustainability techniques and cropping system that the grower utilized to minimize field runoff and maximize his production. The article partially touches on nitrogen use, but emphasizes the use of the 4 R’s of sustainability, the right source, the right rate, right timing, and the right placement. All of these techniques can lead to increased yields and sometimes decreased costs on farms across the state. Managing the 4 R’s can be a headache for your operation if not assisted by the professional minds of CHS Larsen Cooperative.

Starting with the right source, CHS Larsen Cooperative offers an assortment of types of nitrogen fertilizer, talking with your agronomist and YieldPoint™ representative can help find you the right source of nitrogen to best suit your cropping system.

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Grain Moving this Spring

Grain meetings will be held April 5th at Crystal Falls and April 6th at Larsen. Invites are being sent out. (watch your mail)

Monday, March 20, 2017 Spring began with temperatures that were above normal. We are just not sure what normal is…winds the week before were certainly not normal, with gusts up over 60 mph. The tarp on the pile of corn at Readfield did its best but could not hold on. The crew is in the process of getting it off the ground, so please be aware of a different traffic pattern when going around the facility.

 

A special THANK YOU to all our employees that did an awesome job picking up the pile of corn in Amherst. Way to go!!!

March 31, 2017 will be a date to watch for the Planting Intentions Report. All eyes will be focused on how many acres farmers are intending to put in the ground and what is going in those acres. We will need to have more exports, demand, and end users to consume the abundance.

Spring can be a very hectic time of year with everyone trying to get outside work started. Please be aware of who and what is around you.

THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU DO TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

Celebrate National Ag Day on March 21

“Growing up in rural South Dakota, surrounded by farms and ranches as far as the eye could see, I never gave the food supply chain a second thought. It was intertwined in everything I did,” writes Mark Biedenfeld, vice president, CHS Aligned Solutions on the Ag Day blog. He goes on to emphasize the important role those in agriculture play in helping our broader communities understand where their food comes from.

Biedenfeld joins others in contributing to the blog in a nod to National Ag Day, coming up this Tuesday, March 21. The celebration is now a tradition across the U.S., created to recognize and celebrate the abundance provided by agriculture. Agriculture provides almost everything we eat, use and eat on a daily basis, and is increasingly contributing to fuel and other bio-products. (more…)

Working to Help Educate Fox Valley Tech Students about Ag Careers

CHS Larsen Cooperative is proud to support Fox Valley Technical College (FVTC) as they work together to help educate the next generation in ag. For over 20 years they have had a strong working relationship with the tech school’s Ag department. This week CHS employees helped give hands on experiences to students that are interested in going into the Ag industry.

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5 Ways to Ensure the Best Stand

stand establishment

LivingLandscapeArchitecture

Uniform stand establishment is a critical component in achieving maximum yield potential. With unexpected weather and other uncontrollable factors often impacting the crop’s stand, it is even more important to be proactive in the areas that can be controlled. Fortunately, there are steps to help get your crop off to a strong start and encourage a strong and healthy stand.

1. Seed Selection

Each season it all starts with selecting your seed. There are multiple considerations growers need to be aware of when selecting the appropriate seed, including the geography, any unique field conditions, potential impact from weeds, disease and pests, maturity timing, etc. These considerations need to be evaluated in cooperation with your farm management practices to ensure the best results. Read more on considerations for seed selection, for soybeans and for corn. (more…)

The Future of Drones in Agriculture

drones in agriculture

 

Could drones be the future of agriculture – and a game-changer?

According to a late 2016 article in Successful Farming, drones also known as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) were first received with hesitation in the agriculture industry. Although the new technology was known to provide growers with a way to see potential problems that wouldn’t otherwise be known from ground level, the new technology was taken with initial apprehension due to the lack of regulations, in addition to the sometimes challenging process of applying for a Section 333 exemption through the FAA.

Slowly but surely, the agriculture industry is realizing the benefits and discovering different strategies on how drones can benefit and move their crop production plans forward. (more…)

Using Soil Sampling Results To Improve Your Next Crop

soil sampling

 

We recently discussed the importance of soil sampling and what growers learn from testing samples from their field. Now we want to look more at what the results can tell the grower and how it can help them improve their next crop.

As growers receive information regarding organic matter, soil pH, Cation Exchange Capacity (CEC), Nitrate-N and extractable macro and micro nutrients from their soil sample results, they will be able to make more informed fertility decisions, and address potential issues in advance or during the early stages of the plant’s growth cycle.

The results also provide a holistic view of the health of the soil, and can help provide growers with an indication of success for their fertility philosophy by determining if the following are needed:

  • Building nutrient levels
  • Maintaining nutrient levels
  • Reducing of specific mineral levels

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Identifying Grain Bin Hazards

grain bin hazard - flowing grainGrain bin hazards aren’t limited to entrapment or engulfment. Other, equally-hazardous situations include augers, bin collapses, Power Take-Offs (PTOs), fires and explosions, toxic atmospheres, electrical components and even ladders.

Identifying and understanding bin hazards is vital to keeping you and others safe. Learn more about some of the more common and hazardous situations that can occur when working with grain bins.

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