Seed Selection Considerations for Soybeans and Corn

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Image courtesy United Soybean Board

There are a number of factors that need to be considered when selecting a seed variety, and it’s no easy task for growers these days. Below are some considerations for seed selection, for soybeans and for corn.

Soybeans

  1. When selecting soybean seed for the upcoming planting season, the first factor to take into account is the maturity rating of the soybean you’re selecting. Selecting a seed variety that’s well suited to your geography enables the crop to move through its lifecycle efficiently in a way that best matches its environment. Selecting the correct maturity rating allows the crop to take full advantage of the growing season in your area and helps maximize your yield potential.
    A bean with too early of a maturity rating for your geography can leave yield potential on the table by not taking advantage of the additional growing days. On the other hand, if you select a variety with too late of a maturity rating for your geography, you risk the beans not reaching physiological maturity before the frost. Knowing how a variety will work within your specific geographic conditions help strike a balance that will aid in procuring the highest potential yield for your crop.

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Insurance for Your Equipment

By Kim Liesner, Energy Sales Manager

As a teenager, I would say that I like to take chances and live life on the edge!  I stayed out to late, never wore a seat belt, drove way too fast, ate pizza for breakfast, this list could go on and on!  Over the years, I realized that these were not my wisest decisions, especially the pepperoni pizza at 6 am, can you say heartburn.  Now that I am a parent, homeowner and generally responsible adult a lot of things have changed.  I have become more aware of what it takes to protect myself.  I keep my cash in the bank, not under my mattress, I always buckle up and I am adamant about making sure my homeowner and car insurance is always valid.

Now that we are all responsible adults, I am sure you can relate.

But I must ask this question; you insure your home, you insure your pick- up truck, your boat, you even carry life insurance, but what about your equipment?  I’m sure we can all agree that corn and milk prices could be better.  With a lower income coming in, what kind of a financial hardship would a blown engine on your 2013 JD S680 cause for you and your family?  Tractors and Combines are huge investments, and you need to protect this investment, just like you would protect your home from a fire or your vehicle from a crash!

cenex-tppIn an effort to help put your mind at ease, CHS Larsen Cooperative is proud to offer the Cenex Total Protection Plan (TPP) on new and used Farm equipment.  When you use Ruby Fieldmaster Diesel Fuel and Cenex lubricants, you get up to 10 years or 10,000 hours of engine and transmission coverage.

Think of it as a no-fault insurance policy- one that helps keep you in the field when you need to be there.  There is no deductible and no burden of proof, which can really pay off and help keep things moving during crunch times like harvest season!

Whether you buy new or used equipment, you simply will not find a better more economical way to protect your investment.

For more information, please contact the Energy Salesperson in your area

Kim Leisner, Sales Manager (north of GB) 920-598-1215

Dawn Matzke, CES (south of GB) 920-562-6902

Kyle, CES (west of Shawano) 715-340-3561

360 Yield Center Success

by: Ryan Jones, YieldPoint™ Program Specialist

360With the 2016 harvest coming to a close I would like to take a moment to tell you about two products we sold this fall from 360 Yield Center.

The first product is 360 Bullet, this is a replacement ripper point. The 360 Bullet point is designed to shatter the complete soil profile. The feedback we have heard from our growers running these points this year has been excellent. We still have 360 Bullet points in stock.

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The second product I would like to touch on is 360 Yield Saver.  360 Yield saver is designed to be a replacement to OEM gathering chains on a corn head. These chains are designed to reduce header loss by 80% by closing the gaps in traditional deck plates and gathering chains. We gathered some information from a few demos around the area and we are seeing a consistent yield advantage. We will have more information on these as we get our plots finalized from this year.
Contact your YieldPoint Specialist if you’d like to receive more information.

November Harvest Update

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by Helen Nemitz, Grain Originator
Harvest continues, as we go along Mother Nature is doing her part in aiding in the release of moisture from the remaining beans and the abundant corn that is still standing in the fields. The beans are finally coming in under 13% on a consistent basis and some corn has gone from low 20’s to 16% moisture.
We are seeing great progress in field work as farmers are wrapping up the harvest and doing fall tillage. Some areas are still very wet which makes it harder to get the harvest off the fields. Those acres may have to wait for a longer period of freezing temperatures and yes that “S” word, Snow. This has been one of the warmer falls with temperatures that I can handle this late in November Any time I do not have to have my three shirts and a coat/gloves/boots, winter apparel on, is a great time. Others do not agree and would like to see the cold here already, but that is what makes it great, we can all have our own opinion.
At the elevator we are doing all we can to make space for the bumper crop and help our loyal patrons get done with this year’s awesome crop. Some of you may have noticed we have our pile done and covered in Readfield.  A big thank you goes out to all who have been patient with what we have been doing to continue to have grain flow through the elevator. Full does not mean that we are done for the season. Sometimes, it just means we need a day or two to move more out.
Just a gentle reminder to please call ahead for hours at the different facilities this time of year and thank you again for your continued patience and loyalty.
Have a safe Deer Hunting season and a very Happy Thanksgiving with your family and friends!!!

How Growers Can Overcome Low Commodity Prices

Dr. Fred BelowThere are many issues growers face in today’s agricultural industry. One rising to the top of the list is low commodity prices.

Growers across the country are facing the harsh reality of a decrease in income forecasted for the third straight year due to an extended decline in corn and soybean prices. According to the USDA, net cash farm income for 2016 is forecast at $94.1 billion, and net farm income at $71.5 billion – following the declines in 2015.

One way growers can help their profitability during this time is to make sure they are getting the best yield possible, so they simply have more crop to sell.

Growers should make sure they are maximizing their production practices to help capitalize on the best potential yield:

  • Proper soil preparation, prior to planting
  • Applying crop nutrients and fertilizers as appropriate to help with emergence and throughout the life of the plant
  • Applying crop protection products as appropriate to help combat disease, weeds and insects
  • Proper irrigation, as appropriate
  • Effective harvesting practices and techniques

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Don’t Leave Fall Nitrogen Unstable

In the field applying nutrients

Nutrient management is as important in fall as it is at planting.

Growers considering a fall anhydrous ammonia application can take measures to make the most out of their fertilizer investment, while supporting nitrogen management best practices, says Eric Scherder, Ph.D., field scientist, Dow AgroSciences.

“Nitrogen isn’t a one-time event,” Scherder says. “There has to be forethought about how to manage it today and tomorrow.”

Growers who are serious about reducing nitrate loss into groundwater can take steps when making fall applications. These steps include evaluating application methods, paying attention to temperature and using a nitrogen stabilizer to reduce nitrate loss due to leaching and denitrification. (more…)

Are you Using the Right Grease? 

by Kim Leisner Energy Sales Manager

cenexgreasetubefamilyAs Harvest pushes through, the next item that comes to mind would be your fall maintenance.

After working your tractors, combines, harvesters, and your fifth-wheel semis for long hours, and in tough conditions, it’s time to give your equipment the pampering it deserves.  A little TLC for a different kind of employee, “the workers with wheels”.

Proper lubrication through greasing is one of the single most important factors in contributing to the longevity of your equipment and protecting your investment.

However, the question stands, are you using the right grease for each piece of equipment?  The thing to remember is not all things are created equally. Just like tractors (ex: Case IH vs. John Deere), the same is known when dealing with grease. When choosing a grease there are many factors to consider. We need to think about chemical compatibility and the NLGI rating. These can make for some serious frustration, and can make a final decision somewhat confusing.
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CHS posts fiscal 2016 earnings of $424.2 million

2016 Harvest

ST. PAUL, MINN. (Nov. 3, 2016) – CHS Inc., the nation’s leading farmer-owned cooperative and a global energy, grains and foods company, today announced earnings for fiscal 2016 of $424.2 million.

CHS net income for fiscal 2016 (Sept. 1, 2015 – Aug. 31, 2016) of $424.2 million was down 46 percent from $781.0 million for fiscal 2015, reflecting lower pre-tax earnings within the company’s Energy and Ag segments, as well as its Corporate and Other category. Lower pre-tax earnings within these two segments were partly offset by increased pretax earnings in its Foods segment, and seven months of earnings from its Nitrogen Production segment which was created by the February 2016 strategic investment CHS made in CF Industries Nitrogen, LLC (CF Nitrogen). These results reflect the continued economic down cycle in the company’s core energy and agriculture businesses, as well as the impact of one-time events.

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CHS Board addresses 2016 equity management; delays individual equity redemption program changes

equity300The CHS Board has delayed implementation of the company’s new individual equity redemption program, a decision made following its regular review of the CHS equity management program.

“This decision was made as we considered a number of factors, including our commitment to balance sheet management and the current economic cycle,” says CHS Board Chairman Dave Bielenberg. “CHS remains financially sound and profitable, but as we navigate this economic cycle, the board believes this delay was appropriate as we continue to take a long-term view in managing equity redemptions.”

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4 Top Things Growers Need To Know about Adjuvants

sprayingcrops1. What Are Spray Adjuvants?

Adjuvants aren’t new — in fact, they’ve been around as long as herbicides. However, with the recent conversations about the new trait and herbicide technologies, adjuvants are getting a lot more discussion, as they rightfully should.

With the upcoming changes, it is now even more important to make sure you are using the proper adjuvants to ensure your herbicide application is as effective as possible and to help minimize the development of herbicide resistant weeds. (more…)

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