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    4 Strategies for Storing Grain
    4 Strategies for Storing Grain
    Oct 09, 2019 |
    As harvest approaches, it’s important to review basic grain storage strategies to maintain the quality of stored grain. Here, we outline four strategies to help maintain post-harvest quality, help protect stored grains from insects, and what to look for...
    Randy's Recap- October 4th
    Randy's Recap- October 4th
    Oct 04, 2019 |
    Corn and soybeans found some good news from the Quarterly Stocks report on September 30th and gave the markets a good boost for the week.  The following is the data from the report:
    Randy's Recap- September 13th
    Randy's Recap- September 13th
    Sep 14, 2019 |
    Overall the reports on mostly neutral on all commodities.  The soybean carry-out at 640 million bushels is probably the most bullish of the report. The big news for the week was that China and the U.S. will continue talks in October and as good will gestures tariffs by...
    The Yield Equation: Where Do Seed Treatments Fit?
    The Yield Equation: Where Do Seed Treatments Fit?
    Sep 06, 2019 |
    This year’s challenging planting season showed the value that seed treatments have in protecting yield potential. As corn began to tassel this summer, you could really start to see how differences in plant emergence and early-season vigor affected the development of the...
    Randy's Recap- August 16th
    Randy's Recap- August 16th
    Aug 16, 2019 |
    The grain markets took a big hit this week as USDA and FSA released reports.  The long-awaited revision for planted acres dashed away hopes of revisiting highs in the market that were set in June. The corn went down 46 cents, soybeans dropped 21 cents and wheat retreated...
    As Fall Rolls Around
    As Fall Rolls Around
    Aug 15, 2019 |
    Well that came quick! We are just around the corner of harvest. You have made a lot of decisions this year to get your crops to where they are now. However, we know there are more decisions and planning to come to ensure a sccessful 2020 season.  A few things to keep in...
    Randy's Recap- August 9th
    Randy's Recap- August 9th
    Aug 09, 2019 |
    The grain markets were mixed on the week. Corn was up 8 cents, soybean up 24 cents and wheat was down 4 cents. Everyone is waiting with anticipation for Monday’s USDA WASDE report at 11 am. The outlook for dryer weather in the 8-14-day forecasts and fund positioning...
    Randy's Recap- August 2nd
    Randy's Recap- August 2nd
    Aug 02, 2019 |
    The grain markets were up slightly on Friday after a very long sharp movement lower.   Since the middle of June, corn has dropped 64 cents soybeans down 80 cents, and wheat is down 60 cents.  Improving weather and crop conditions, fund liquidation, poor exports, and...
    Improve Fungicide Response on Corn
    Improve Fungicide Response on Corn
    Jul 19, 2019 |
    A fungicide application represents a considerable investment. Be sure you get the most from it by answering these three questions before applying: What is the hybrid to be sprayed? What is the weather outlook for application day? What is the disease that’s being treated?
    Can You Spot a Micronutrient Deficiency?
    Can You Spot a Micronutrient Deficiency?
    Jul 16, 2019 |
    Generally, it’s pretty easy to see when stress has taken a toll on crops. But determining what’s causing unhealthy plants sometimes requires extra detective work. Micronutrient deficiencies, for example, are hard to diagnose based on visual symptoms alone. Here are...
    Randy's Recap- July 12th
    Randy's Recap- July 12th
    Jul 12, 2019 |
    The grain market finished the week very strong with corn breaking  $4.00 cash moving 16 cents higher on the week.  Soybeans moved 36 cents higher and wheat finished up 11 cents.  Most of the market move was opposite of the bearish supply and demand report with...
    Randy's Recap- June 28th
    Randy's Recap- June 28th
    Jun 28, 2019 |
    WOW!!!!   A crazy planted acreage report from USDA to finish the week.   For the week, corn dropped 22 cents, soybeans were off 4 cents, and wheat finished up 11 cents. USDA’s June Crop planted acres numbers came in as follows:  
    Randy's Recap- June 21st
    Randy's Recap- June 21st
    Jun 21, 2019 |
    The planting delays have been unprecedented in the United States this year.   Actual planted acres will be a big question mark going forward.  Crop condition also remains in question as a big portion of the crop was planted late and that could mean further yield...
    June 20th is Fast Approaching..
    June 20th is Fast Approaching..
    Jun 17, 2019 |
    The dicamba deadline is three days away, here are your dicamba tolerant and Liberty Link soybean herbicide options:
    Get Technical About Nitrogen Management
    Get Technical About Nitrogen Management
    Jun 13, 2019 |
    Nitrogen management in corn crops is challenging for a number of reasons, one of which is nitrogen’s chemical properties: When in nitrate form, nitrogen is water-soluble, meaning it moves easily with water. If a field receives moderate to heavy rainfall and an...
    Managing Weeds and Diseases Resulting From Wet Soils
    Managing Weeds and Diseases Resulting From Wet Soils
    Jun 10, 2019 |
    Rain, rain and more rain. That about sums up the 2019 growing season so far in most regions of the country. Wet soils and unstable temperatures are causing two areas of primary concern:
    Calibrate Your Nutrient Management
    Calibrate Your Nutrient Management
    May 23, 2019 |
    Have you ever received results of an early-season tissue test that indicated your corn was low on nitrogen? If so, did you wonder if it was because you didn’t apply enough or because the plant roots weren’t big enough to take up the nitrogen that you applied?
    Zone Soil Sampling Provides Another Layer of Data
    Zone Soil Sampling Provides Another Layer of Data
    May 16, 2019 |
    Variable-rate application is now common practice in agriculture. Farmers are identifying and treating areas of their fields differently based on productivity, targeting input applications to higher-producing areas and potentially reducing them in lower-producing spots. This...
    Understanding Tissue Sampling
    Understanding Tissue Sampling
    May 10, 2019 |
    Plants have nutritional needs in order to grow and be healthy. In order to find out if your plant is getting fed the proper amount of nutrients, plant tissue sampling can help you identify nutrient deficiencies in the crop.
    New Zinc Treatment Available for 2019 Corn Seed
    New Zinc Treatment Available for 2019 Corn Seed
    May 02, 2019 |
    The micronutrient zinc is important to corn plants for a number of reasons. Zinc acts as a catalyst for enzyme creation and is a precursor for auxin hormones that signal seed germination. When early zinc levels are adequate, there is more consistent seed germination and plant...
    Don't Skimp on Zinc
    Don't Skimp on Zinc
    Apr 30, 2019 |
    When it comes to plant nutrition, it seems that N, P and K are often in the limelight. But zinc is an unsung nutrient hero that helps maintain some of a plant’s most important physiological processes. Here are some reasons it’s time to rethink the power of zinc.
    Mitigate Early-Season Plant Stress
    Mitigate Early-Season Plant Stress
    Apr 05, 2019 |
    We're gearing up for another unpredictable growing season. While we never know exactly how things will shake out at this point in the year, good management from day one is key to crop success. Here are four tips to help mitigate early-season plant stress: 
    Your Seed Treatment Options
    Your Seed Treatment Options
    Mar 28, 2019 |
    For most, seed treatments have become standard to get seedlings off to a healthy start. They provide good early-season control, especially when you're planting into cold, wet soil. Which is most guaranteed when you live where we do, especially this year. Using a...
    Are My Crops Hungry?
    Are My Crops Hungry?
    Mar 26, 2019 |
    Your seed has the greatest yield potential the day it is planted. From then on, it takes intensive management to get the most of your genetics. Chances are you have a routine in place for managing crops- fertilizing, pest management, and choosing the right hybrid for your...
    Use Data to Shape Your Nutrient Strategy
    Use Data to Shape Your Nutrient Strategy
    Mar 03, 2019 |
    As you prep for 2019, it’s easy to remember the one part of the field that did really well last season or the other part that wasdisappointing. We tend to look at the outliers because they stand out. But this doesn’t show the whole picture or indicate what you...
    Preparing to Use Dicamba in 2019
    Preparing to Use Dicamba in 2019
    Feb 28, 2019 |
    The recent release of dicamba tolerant soybeans has opened up dicamba use and significantly increased its utilization in the major corn and soybean production regions. Effective, efficient, and on-target application...

Industry News

    Find Ways to Have Success on Saline Acres
    Find Ways to Have Success on Saline Acres
    Nov 15, 2019 | Answer Plot
    With 14 to 15 million salt-affected acres in the United States, it’s clear that managing saline soils is a big challenge for some farmers. Typically those acres are found in western states where limited rainfall and a reliance on irrigation causes salts to build up in...
    Hybrid Options for Consistent Performance
    Hybrid Options for Consistent Performance
    Nov 06, 2019 | Answer Plot
    What’s the key benefit a product needs to deliver to make you buy it again and again? I’ll bet that most of the time, you’re looking for consistency. A product that’s stable. Reliable. Not flashy. A product you can depend on.It’s no different when...
    Research Reveals That Nutrient Balance Matters
    Research Reveals That Nutrient Balance Matters
    Nov 05, 2019 | Answer Plot
    600,000 data points. Since WinField United launched the NutriSolutions® tissue sampling program in 2008, that’s the volume of data we’ve gathered about the nutrient status of various crops. With that information, we’re discovering new nutrient management...
    Find Ways to Improve Profitability: Attend a Clinic
    Find Ways to Improve Profitability: Attend a Clinic
    Nov 04, 2019 | Answer Plot
    Make room on your calendar this winter for an opportunity to improve your operation’s profitability. WinField United retailers will be hosting more than 3,500 clinics to share agronomic insights and help you get more from your acres, as well as highlight the latest plant...
    Evaluating Hybrid Response to Fungicide Pays Off for a Minnesota Farmer
    Evaluating Hybrid Response to Fungicide Pays Off for a Minnesota Farmer
    Oct 24, 2019 | Answer Plot
    As a seed advisor, it’s my goal to help farmers get the most from every acre. When one of my farmers was looking for ways to find incremental bushels on his farm, we started looking at the response-to-fungicide (RTF) scores for his corn hybrids to see where we could...
    Gear Up for Fall Burndown Now
    Gear Up for Fall Burndown Now
    Oct 22, 2019 | Answer Plot
    A clean start in the spring. Improved chances of on-time planting. Fewer pest havens. These are just a few of the benefits of an effective fall burndown. What’s your burndown strategy for this year? Talk with your local trusted advisor now about how to limit next season...
    High-Potential Soybean Traits Require High-Precision Management
    High-Potential Soybean Traits Require High-Precision Management
    Oct 04, 2019 | Answer Plot
    As the 2019 growing season goes into the history books, you’re probably well on your way to creating your 2020 farm plan. If you grow soybeans and are considering your options for next season, it’s important to choose the right genetics and trait package for your...
    Plan Now to Mitigate 2019’s Weeds In Your Fields
    Plan Now to Mitigate 2019’s Weeds In Your Fields
    Oct 01, 2019 | Answer Plot
    Don’t let 2019 weed challenges haunt you in 2020. Abundant moisture last spring and in early summer meant that weed populations flourished and adequate control was difficult. So what can be done at this point to make sure 2019’s weed pressures don’t cause...
    8 Tips for Gauging Crop Performance and Harvest Needs
    8 Tips for Gauging Crop Performance and Harvest Needs
    Sep 30, 2019 | Answer Plot
    This growing season is one for the record books — and not always in a good way. But as challenging as it’s been, there are still lessons to learn and things you can do to make the most of it.   Many farmers went weeks between plantings, waiting for more...
    3 Tips for Preparing a Nutrient Management Plan
    3 Tips for Preparing a Nutrient Management Plan
    Sep 25, 2019 | Answer Plot
    Excessive rains are like flushing money down the drain. Nutrients lost through the soil are nothing but lost investments. Because of the saturated soils we saw this season, it’s more important than ever for farmers to go into 2020 with a solid nutrient management...
    Take a Stand on Alfalfa Health
    Take a Stand on Alfalfa Health
    Sep 24, 2019 | Answer Plot
    What alfalfa stands do you keep in rotation? Which ones do you remove? These decisions are important factors in your alfalfa strategy for this fall and next spring.   Typically, most stand assessments are made in the spring, but walking your fields with your agronomist...
    What Do This Season’s Stresses Mean for Yield Potential?
    What Do This Season’s Stresses Mean for Yield Potential?
    Sep 23, 2019 | Answer Plot
    From cool and wet to hot and dry. That’s the dynamic weather shift that many crops faced across the Midwest this season. Some farmers are wondering how those extreme stresses will affect the yield potential and grain quality of their crops as they set expectations for...
    Postharvest Field Care: Episode 103
    Postharvest Field Care: Episode 103
    Sep 20, 2019 | Answer Plot
    Control Weeds on Prevent Plant Acres Now
    Control Weeds on Prevent Plant Acres Now
    Sep 17, 2019 | Answer Plot
    Don’t let your prevent plant acres turn into huge headaches. Prevent plant acres caused by sustained early-season rainfall were widespread across the United States in 2019. Northern Illinois north of Interstate 80 and southern Illinois were the two areas of my state that...