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    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

    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...
    Why Measure a Crop’s Response to Soil?
    Why Measure a Crop’s Response to Soil?
    Sep 05, 2019 | Answer Plot
    Soil is one of the most valuable resources on your farm and one that has a great impact on how productive your fields will be. Just as we study a hybrid’s response to management practices, including nitrogen, fungicide and population, it’s beneficial to understand...
    The Yield Equation: Where Do Seed Treatments Fit?
    The Yield Equation: Where Do Seed Treatments Fit?
    Sep 04, 2019 | Answer Plot
    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...
    3 Ways Data Can Help Shape Hybrid Decisions
    3 Ways Data Can Help Shape Hybrid Decisions
    Aug 28, 2019 | Answer Plot
    Making good seed decisions starts with leveraging the data that’s best suited for your operation. Ideally, this means fusing national data with highly localized data from your region or your farm specifically. Use these three data-driven strategies to help ensure you are...
    2020 Soybean Seed Selection: Episode 100
    2020 Soybean Seed Selection: Episode 100
    Aug 23, 2019 | Answer Plot
    Tips for Managing Late-Seeded Alfalfa
    Tips for Managing Late-Seeded Alfalfa
    Aug 20, 2019 | Answer Plot
    Has excessive spring rainfall kept you from seeding your alfalfa this year? You still may have time to establish an alfalfa crop later this summer.    If you are considering a late summer seeding this year, plan to seed at least six to eight weeks prior to the end...
    2020 Corn Seed Selection: Episode 99
    2020 Corn Seed Selection: Episode 99
    Aug 16, 2019 | Answer Plot
    Plan for Seed Purchases After a Tough Year
    Plan for Seed Purchases After a Tough Year
    Aug 08, 2019 | Answer Plot
    As we saw this year, environmental conditions can throw a wrench in even the best laid-out crop management plans. Many farmers saw historic rainfall, planting was delayed and some acres were abandoned altogether. You’ll never be able to predict what the season will bring...
    Don't Let a Boron Deficit Compromise Your Corn
    Don't Let a Boron Deficit Compromise Your Corn
    Aug 07, 2019 | Answer Plot
    You don’t need me to tell you that the 2019 growing season has been one of extremes. By and large, we’ve had far too much rain over wide swaths of the country. Besides having a potentially negative effect on crop yields come harvest, there can be a host of other...
    5 Questions to Consider for 2020 Seed and Input Decisions
    5 Questions to Consider for 2020 Seed and Input Decisions
    Aug 06, 2019 | Answer Plot
    Selecting the right seed for the upcoming season is important, and you no doubt consider factors such as yield potential, soil type, population, fertility, standability and past performance when doing so. And though everyone wants the highest-yielding option, that particular...
    Protect Late-Planted Crops From Disease
    Protect Late-Planted Crops From Disease
    Jul 24, 2019 | Answer Plot
    For many growers, wet conditions in May and June led to a much later start than desired. For example, here in Wisconsin, corn and soybeans are about two weeks behind their normal maturity for this time of year. Besides pushing the season back, this combination of late planting...
    Will Early-Season Rain Affect Insect Populations?
    Will Early-Season Rain Affect Insect Populations?
    Jul 17, 2019 | Answer Plot
    I’ve been fielding more questions from farmers this season about how wet and cool weather could impact insect pressure. As with any year, pest pressure is unpredictable, but there are three things to keep in mind when it comes to managing insects following cool springs...