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    Covid-19 Update
    Apr 20, 2020 | West Central Ag Services
    Covid-19 Safe Practices For a Safe Season
    Annual Meeting Postponed
    Mar 18, 2020 | West Central Ag Services
    WCAS has postponed its annual meeting for this Thursday 3/19/2020 and will reschedule for later date. Checks have been mailed out. THANK YOU.
    New Year, New Growing Season
    Jan 03, 2020 | West Central Ag Services
    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.
    Dec 05, 2019 | West Central Ag Services
    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
    Oct 09, 2019 | West Central Ag Services
    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
    Oct 04, 2019 | West Central Ag Services
    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
    Sep 14, 2019 | West Central Ag Services
    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?
    Sep 06, 2019 | West Central Ag Services
    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
    Aug 16, 2019 | West Central Ag Services
    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
    Aug 15, 2019 | West Central Ag Services
    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
    Aug 09, 2019 | West Central Ag Services
    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
    Aug 02, 2019 | West Central Ag Services
    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
    Jul 19, 2019 | West Central Ag Services
    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?
    Jul 16, 2019 | West Central Ag Services
    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
    Jul 12, 2019 | West Central Ag Services
    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
    Jun 28, 2019 | West Central Ag Services
    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
    Jun 21, 2019 | West Central Ag Services
    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..
    Jun 17, 2019 | West Central Ag Services
    The dicamba deadline is three days away, here are your dicamba tolerant and Liberty Link soybean herbicide options:
    Get Technical About Nitrogen Management
    Jun 13, 2019 | West Central Ag Services
    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
    Jun 10, 2019 | West Central Ag Services
    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
    May 23, 2019 | West Central Ag Services
    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
    May 16, 2019 | West Central Ag Services
    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
    May 10, 2019 | West Central Ag Services
    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
    May 02, 2019 | West Central Ag Services
    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
    Apr 30, 2019 | West Central Ag Services
    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
    Apr 05, 2019 | West Central Ag Services
    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
    Mar 28, 2019 | West Central Ag Services
    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?
    Mar 26, 2019 | West Central Ag Services
    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
    Mar 03, 2019 | West Central Ag Services
    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
    Feb 28, 2019 | West Central Ag Services
    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

    3 Tips for Choosing the Right Wheat Seed Treatment
    Aug 04, 2020 | Answer Plot
    It’s time to finalize your wheat seed purchases for 2021. Make sure that a high-quality seed treatment is part of the package to get plants off to a healthy start and protect them throughout the season from diseases and insects. Here are three questions to consider when...
    3 Tips for More Economical Fungicide Applications
    Aug 04, 2020 | Answer Plot
    When weighing purchase decisions, you consider many factors, but ultimately you want to maximize your return on investment potential. However, variables that are out of your control sometimes make that hard to do. Here are three steps you can take to help make more economical...
    Prioritize ROI and Boost Plant Health With a Fungicide Application
    Aug 03, 2020 | Answer Plot
    At the beginning of the 2020 growing season, we introduced five fundamental decisions to help you improve the profitability of your operation. One of those fundamental decisions, an effective fungicide application, is especially relevant now as you scout for potential disease...
    Sunflowers Have Good Potential for Variable Rate Seeding
    Aug 03, 2020 | Answer Plot
    Sunflowers Have Good Potential for Variable Rate Seeding Chris Heidrich District Sales Manager Bismarck, ND Like any crop, sunflowers can respond well to variable rate populations, provided you have enough variability in your fields. The trick, of course, is finding the right...
    Managing Against Herbicide-Resistant Weeds in Wheat
    Aug 03, 2020 | Answer Plot
    Managing Against Herbicide-Resistant Weeds in Wheat Kyle Okke Agronomist Dickinson, ND Weed resistance is a popular topic of conversation in any growing season, as it’s a problem that impacts every farmer regardless of location. Repeated use of a specific herbicide can lead...
    Limiting Harvest Loss Helps Optimize Canola Profit and Reduce Volunteer Canola in Wheat
    Aug 03, 2020 | Answer Plot
    Limiting Harvest Loss Helps Optimize Canola Profit and Reduce Volunteer Canola in Wheat Dennis Christie Agronomist Yukon, OK Following a harvest strategy is essential to realizing optimal yield potential, whether you produce spring canola or winter canola. But it also helps...
    6 Ways to Jumpstart Your Sunflower Stand
    Aug 03, 2020 | Answer Plot
    6 Ways to Jumpstart Your Sunflower Stand Kyle Okke Agronomist Dickinson, ND Once you’ve determined which market to produce for and selected the right CROPLAN ® sunflower varieties for your acres, you have to practice the right planting techniques to optimize yield potential...
    Keep Close Tabs on Cotton Management
    Jul 29, 2020 | Answer Plot
    Cotton growers know that even under ideal conditions, cotton requires intense monitoring and management throughout the season. Here are some tips to help guide in-season decisions. Control insects Cotton seed treatments typically last 21 to 28 days in a given growing season...
    Don't Let a Boron Deficit Compromise Your Corn
    Jul 27, 2020 | Answer Plot
    The growing season has been relatively mild with some periods of challenging weather. Regardless of the weather, boron should always be top of mind as we progress into pollination in corn. What is the role of boron? Boron plays a key role in flowering, pollen development and...
    Timely Tissue Sampling Aids Nutrient Decision-Making
    Jul 20, 2020 | Answer Plot
    This season, be sure to routinely monitor the health of your crops by asking your agronomist to take tissue samples and have them tested for nutrient status. This will help ensure your crops are receiving what they need to deliver optimal yield and return on investment (ROI...
    Capitalize on Corn Seed Treatments In-Season
    Jul 15, 2020 | Answer Plot
    Your corn seed is in the ground and taking root. Hopefully, that seed came with a quality seed treatment already applied. Now it’s time to pay attention to the in-season value a seed treatment can bring and leverage that to begin informing your seed decisions for next year...
    7 Tips for Managing Soybean White Mold
    Jul 08, 2020 | Answer Plot
    Last year, many farmers had to manage white mold in their soybean fields. This was likely due to a field history of white mold, paired with cool wet weather and high temperatures. We don’t know for certain if this disease will be an issue again this year, but we can prepare...
    Look to Fungicides to Help Manage Disease in High-Value Hybrids
    Jul 06, 2020 | Answer Plot
    When all the disease triangle components are in place — the inoculum (disease spores), the host (the plant) and the right environment — disease will likely manifest. If we get hot and dry weather, the opportunity for disease usually decreases. Temperatures in the 80s are...
    Answer Plot 2020: Different Format, Fresh Intel, Same High-Quality Data
    Jun 23, 2020 | Answer Plot
    For 21 seasons, the WinField ® United Answer Plot ® program has delivered leading-edge agronomic insights live and in person at locations across the country. This year, we won’t be doing in-person group events as we have in the past. But rest assured that the Answer Plot...
    Help Protect Corn From Tar Spot Pressure
    Jun 22, 2020 | Answer Plot
    Tar spot is a relatively new disease in corn in the north central United States, but it already has a history of severely limiting yield potential. It was first identified in Indiana and Illinois fields in 2015 and had been isolated to select Midwestern geographies until the...