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    New Year, New Growing Season
    New Year, New Growing Season
    Jan 03, 2020 |
    As 2019 has come to an end, it's time to get serious for 2020. WCAS agronomists bring you five points to consider for your plan A and plan B..
    All Your Finance Questions, Answered.
    All Your Finance Questions, Answered.
    Dec 05, 2019 |
    We sat down with West Central Ag Services finance director, Tracy Gratton and compiled a list of frequently asked questions regarding WCAS finance options.
    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

    What We Learn from Response-To Scores: Episode 117
    What We Learn from Response-To Scores: Episode 117
    Jan 24, 2020 | Answer Plot
    On this week’s episode of The Deal With Yield® podcast, Joel Wipperfurth and Corey Evans remain focused on seed. The guys discuss why getting the most value from your seed selection stems from proper management and how response-to scores can help inform decision-making.
    Crop Model Field Report: Final
    Crop Model Field Report: Final
    Jan 21, 2020 | Answer Plot
    Last summer and fall, WinField United tested and aggregated the in-season recommendations of the R7 ® Field Forecasting Tool across the country on what we’re calling Sentinel Plots. Throughout the season, we’ve talked with the agronomists who are managing several of these...
    Management by Genetics: Episode 116
    Management by Genetics: Episode 116
    Jan 17, 2020 | Answer Plot
    On this week’s episode of The Deal With Yield® podcast, host Joel Wipperfurth is joined by technical seed agronomist Corey Evans for a discussion about selecting seed for 2020. The two unpack the concept of “management by genetics,” and seek to understand whether farmers...
    Strong Hybrid Performance Despite Tough Conditions in 2019
    Strong Hybrid Performance Despite Tough Conditions in 2019
    Jan 16, 2020 | Answer Plot
    I’ve been analyzing harvest data for quite a few years, and I can assure you 2019 is a year that I won’t soon forget. The unpredictability that plagued the season was certainly captured by the variability in the data we saw this year. As you plan your corn purchases for 2020,...
    Manage Field Variability in Soybean Crops
    Manage Field Variability in Soybean Crops
    Jan 16, 2020 | Answer Plot
    Variability is common on farms, which can make it tricky to purchase the right soybean seed for a particular field. But there is a solution: the combination of two different soybean varieties that’s offered in CROPLAN ® WinPak ® varieties. These unique combinations of both...
    Quality Is Key for 2020 Cotton Seed
    Quality Is Key for 2020 Cotton Seed
    Jan 14, 2020 | Answer Plot
    Farmers throughout the Cotton Belt dealt with volatile weather patterns in 2019. Were you one of them? If so, be sure to spend some time assessing this past season — your outcomes for ROI and yield, your crop protection and nutrient program, your seed performance — and use...
    Yield Unsealed: Don’t Concede to Weeds: Episode 115
    Yield Unsealed: Don’t Concede to Weeds: Episode 115
    Jan 10, 2020 | Answer Plot
    On a special Yield Unsealed episode of The Deal With Yield® podcast, Joel and Jon answer True or False questions about weed management. The two dispel myths, answer commonly asked questions and dive into the science of adjuvants.
    Making the Case for Water Conditioners
    Making the Case for Water Conditioners
    Dec 20, 2019 | Answer Plot
    You might not consider how your water is affecting weed control, but without the right water conditioners, you could be reducing your herbicide’s effectiveness by 10% to 20%. 1 That means you won’t be getting the most from the dollars you’ve already spent to combat weeds, and...
    Trick or Treated? An Expert Take on Seed Treatments: Episode 114
    Trick or Treated? An Expert Take on Seed Treatments: Episode 114
    Dec 13, 2019 | Answer Plot
    On this episode of The Deal With Yield ® podcast, Jon sits down with technical seed agronomist Corey Evans to discuss corn and soybean seed treatments. Should farmers consider the investment? The two review the data around seed treatments and discuss the common questions.
    Take a Full-Season Approach to Sunflower Weed Control
    Take a Full-Season Approach to Sunflower Weed Control
    Dec 12, 2019 | Answer Plot
    If you’re looking for ways to get your sunflower crop off to a strong start, effective weed control is critical. Since sunflowers are often planted at lower populations than other crops and grow relatively slowly during the first several weeks after emergence, they’re...
    Make This Adjustment to Help Reduce Dicamba Drift Potential in 2020
    Make This Adjustment to Help Reduce Dicamba Drift Potential in 2020
    Dec 09, 2019 | Answer Plot
    Exciting new research from WinField United reinforces and broadens findings from earlier this year regarding the control of fine particle drift. What we found First, WinField United researchers recently discovered that even if a drift reduction adjuvant (DRA) is included in...
    Behind on Fall Fieldwork? Build a Contingency Plan Now
    Behind on Fall Fieldwork? Build a Contingency Plan Now
    Dec 09, 2019 | Answer Plot
    Early snowfall, cold temperatures and a delayed harvest may mean that some of your fall fieldwork will be put off until spring. While that’s not an ideal scenario, there are steps you can take to make the most of your time before planting begins. I’ll address a few of the...
    3 Steps to a Successful Fall Burndown Application
    3 Steps to a Successful Fall Burndown Application
    Dec 05, 2019 | Answer Plot
    If conditions in your area allow you to make a fall burndown application, it can make the spring a little easier from a weed management perspective. Here are some tips to get the most from your fall burndown application. Identify the weeds in your fields This seems like a no...
    Tissue Sampling Trends Show Environment Limited Crop Nutrition in 2019
    Tissue Sampling Trends Show Environment Limited Crop Nutrition in 2019
    Nov 25, 2019 | Answer Plot
    Data shows that environmental stresses may have limited crop nutrition this season, based on over 45,000 tissue samples analyzed by WinField United. The insights gained from those 45,000 samples can help improve the efficiency and precision of nutrient applications all season...
    Uncovering the Cause of Dicamba Drift: Episode 112
    Uncovering the Cause of Dicamba Drift: Episode 112
    Nov 22, 2019 | Answer Plot
    On this episode of The Deal With Yield ® podcast, Jon welcomes Lillian Magidow, senior research manager at the WinField United Innovation Center, to discuss the latest drift reduction research. Learn how new insights surrounding the breakup of spray polymers are helping...