Soil Sampling for Management Excellence

Soil sampling is right around the corner, will you be sampling this year? If you have been debating soil sampling or investing elsewhere, ask yourself three questions. How long has it been since past soil testing on your fields? If this is over four years ago, we recommend sampling to reset our fertilizer recommendations for the fields. Secondly, what will I do when my P and K levels fall to a point of yield reduction by mining of nutrients? Soil mining is a technique used by many growers on low price years; but, I advise to test before attempting to cut back on P and K. We know that both P and K have a buffering capacity of building, so once mined the amount of fertilizer to reset levels to optimum can become quite uneconomic. Lastly, ask yourself if your yields being removed from fields have matched the recommendation rate of fertilizer being applied to the field. If these two values have not matched, moreover if the yield removal is greater than the fertilizer applications, areas of mining may be occurring without your knowledge. I highly recommend sampling for this reason alone, before levels fall too low to support the crop planted. 


Looking past the decision process of soil sampling is the utilization of sampling. Growers utilizing precision variable rate applications can help reduce low levels in fields, by placing heavy amounts of P and K in places that will take the fertilizer along with limiting the amount of fertilizer spread on areas of the field with a minimal response to excess fertilizer. Utilizing yield data for proper P and K VR recommendations can lead to an increase in yields in future years, and can help re build soils from yield removals of years past, all while reducing the chances of a mining situation. This means that a proper VR application will include proper planing with your agronomist and Yieldpoint Specialist together. The team at CHS Larsen is trained in providing the right guidance for your fields by analyzing your yields and comparing these to soil test results to build an application that is right for your operation. Call your Agronomist or YieldPoint Specialist today and ask about how soil sampling and variable rate applications can help you be more profitable.  

Save Input Costs

No matter the crops you grow it is important to know what your soil fertility is.  Having soil sampling done by our CHS YieldPoint™ Team, can help you, the grower, apply the correct amount of nutrients based on your soil sampling results. With these results you are able to increasing your economic return per acre. Unfortunately, with crop prices low it’s very important to keep your inputs low when possible. Producers can realize a significant savings by reducing or eliminating unnecessary nutrient applications based on their sampling results. Contact our CHS YieldPoint™ Team, to schedule a time to do your soil sampling.

by Olivia Wagenson, CHS YieldPoint™ Specialist

Benefits of Post-Emergence Soil-Applied Herbicide

The difference between drift and volatilization


Getting the most out of an herbicide application not only includes maximizing efficacy, but also minimizing damage caused by herbicides. Being aware of what can go wrong and how to avoid it can lead to effective, on-target herbicide applications and help growers have a successful growing season – without the distress and loss caused by applications gone awry.

Two threats to herbicide applications are drift and volatilization. While they may seem similar, they are quite unique and require different attention to ensure that neither occur. (more…)

Nitrogen Stress and Rain

This week’s rain has been a blessing and a stressor together. With regards to the rain, I shift my summertime thoughts of weed and pest management to that of Nitrogen. Today’s corn crop ranges from v2-v7 and at this stage has taken up 5-10% of its total nitrogen need, meaning we have a lot of nitrogen to still take up this summer. This week’s rain ranged from 2-5 inches dependent on location. This was roughly 15-30% of the total rainfall this season, meaning nitrogen flow could be quite high in fields with a lower ability to hold its nitrogen. We know that the transient flow of nitrogen is quickly moving due to its negative charge and only moves in a vertical plane through the soil, so as the fields begin to dry out later this week, keep an eye on fields yellowing or showing signs of nitrogen stress that could affect yields if the bulk of your nitrogen has been applied already.

by Alex Yost, YieldPoint™ Specialist

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Spring is Right Around the Corner

With the planting season around the corner , have all the preparations been made to have maximize your profitability. Will you get a return on your investments and have we made the decisions that will create positive results?  We can’t control the weather , what it does or does not do. We do control planting our seed in the right places at the right population, using the right crop protection products and making the right fertilizer decisions. Getting our equipment up to date and ready to hit the fields when they are fit to plant. There are a lot of variables deciding return on investments and profitability .We need to make the right choices that put us in the situation to sustain positive results. Contact your CHS Larsen Agronomist and YieldPoint Specialists to help you maximize your profitability so when planting gets here you are ready knowing the decisions we control are done and now it’s up to mother nature.

Matt McKown, Agronomy Sales Manager

Annual Seed Pick-Up Days


It is time for CHS Larsen Cooperative’s annual “Seed Pick-Up Days.”  We have scheduled Thursday, March 22nd and Friday, March 23th.  Pick-up times will be from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm at the New London Main office warehouse.

Please call us at 920-982-1111 ASAP to let us know if you will be picking up your seed order, this will allow us to have your seed order sorted and ready for you.  If you will not be picking up your order, please call and arrange a delivery time at NO CHARGE if delivered before April 27th.  Each order delivered after April 27th will be considered “In-Season” and will be charged the normal delivery charge of $55.00.

As an added bonus for picking up your seed, a free gift will be given for each order picked up on these days!!

Sandwiches and beverages will be available throughout the day.

 We truly want to “Thank you” for supporting and placing your trust in CHS Larsen Cooperative’s Agronomy Department.  We look forward to seeing you at “Seed Pick-Up Days.”

Dicamba Training

Due to label changes all producers that plan to utilize  Xtend® technology are now required to take a class on proper Dicamba usage training.

It is a requirement for ALL applicators who use Dicamba in-crop on Soybeans. You have to be a Certified Pesticide Applicator to both buy AND apply (this includes mixing and loading) these products.

We will continue to post any other future meetings in our area. This is the first of several to come. By attending one meeting this year, you will satisfied the requirement.

Monsanto is offering this class in Green Bay.

Tuesday, Febuary 13 – KI Convention Center – Green Bay, WI

9:30 am to 11 am or 1 pm to 2:30 pm

Click to Registrar Here



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