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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

    4 Tips for Managing Early-Season Weed Pressure
    May 26, 2020 | Answer Plot
    Early-season weed control is one of the five essentials that can help you improve your operation in 2020. Now is the ideal time to get ahead of weed pressure and make the right strategic decisions to help mitigate their emergence. However, if weeds do emerge, there are steps...
    Timely Tissue Sampling Aids Nutrient Decision-Making
    May 19, 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...
    Agronomic Considerations for Prevent Plant Acres
    May 12, 2020 | Answer Plot
    In 2019, a record number of acres were declared prevent plant because of an unusually rainy spring and summer in many areas of the United States. In 2020, farmers are weighing the options of returning at least some of those acres to production. What agronomic factors could...
    What’s the Value of an Adjuvant?
    May 11, 2020 | Answer Plot
    Imagine you’ve invested in a new state-of-the-art planter. You’ve done all the planter maintenance and calibration to set up for a successful spring, but in the midst of all that prep, you forgot to fuel up your tractor. Without the tractor, that expensive planter can’t do...
    Have Confidence in Soil Sampling Results
    Apr 22, 2020 | Answer Plot
    Every year, you make a significant investment in fertility for your acres. Whether you soil sample in spring or fall, you need those samples to be taken properly and in a consistent manner. Being able to trust those results will lead you to make better fertilizer decisions...
    When Corn Becomes a Weed
    Apr 20, 2020 | Answer Plot
    Volunteer corn plants are a nuisance for soybean growers because they grow quickly and are difficult to manage. Left uncontrolled, volunteer corn can lead to yield loss and also serve as a host for corn rootworm larvae. Timely herbicide applications are essential to managing...
    Beyond the Buzzword: Sustainability and Soil Health: Episode 122
    Apr 17, 2020 | Answer Plot
    On this week’s episode of The Deal With Yield® podcast, host Jon Zuk sits down with Jason Weller, the Senior Director of Sustainability at Land O’Lakes. The two have a frank conversation about the buzzword “sustainability” and what it means for farmers and their operations. A...
    Micronutrients Aren’t Optional
    Apr 15, 2020 | Answer Plot
    When you hear the word “micro,” what comes to mind? Do you immediately think “inconsequential,” “insignificant” or “nonessential”? If so, you may assume that micronutrients are an optional component of your plant nutrition program. But that’s not the case. Micronutrients are...
    What Could a Wet Season Mean for Your Crops?
    Apr 14, 2020 | Answer Plot
    While farmers always want plenty of moisture in their soil profile for optimal crop growth, excessive amounts could cause challenges for crops. Knowing the answers to these questions can help you understand how wet conditions have an impact on crops and can help you prepare...
    What Could a Dry Season Mean for Your Crops?
    Apr 13, 2020 | Answer Plot
    Abnormally dry to extreme drought conditions could have an impact on crop production in some areas, causing extra challenges for farmers trying to maximize yield potential. Even though some parts of the country may be seeing plenty of moisture now, we all know conditions can...
    3 Tips to Maximize the ROI Potential on Micronutrient Applications
    Apr 08, 2020 | Answer Plot
    Compared to macronutrients, which are generally applied in hundreds of pounds per acre, micronutrients might seem less critical for plant nutrition. Although crops may only require small quantities of micronutrients, without them critical functions within the plant are halted...
    Make This Adjustment to Help Reduce Dicamba Drift Potential in 2020
    Apr 06, 2020 | 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...
    Look Beyond Your Seed’s Traits for Successful Weed Control
    Apr 06, 2020 | Answer Plot
    Planting herbicide-resistant seed is the new norm for most farmers. And while postemergence applications are certainly important, to protect the trait technology and to get more effective weed control, it’s crucial to build a season-long strategy that relies on layered...
    Help Protect Your Nitrogen With the Right Stabilizer
    Apr 06, 2020 | Answer Plot
    Did you know that up to 28% of nitrogen that farmers apply will be lost due to volatility, leaching and denitrification? The average loss in the Upper Mississippi Basin is 39 pounds per acre. 1 Many farmers compensate by overapplying nitrogen to their fields. But with budgets...
    Achieve the Full Potential of Roundup Ready 2 Xtend and Enlist E3 Soybean Traits
    Apr 03, 2020 | Answer Plot
    Weed control in soybeans used to be fairly simple. Roundup Ready ® soybeans were the go-to for many growers looking for a convenient solution to manage weeds. But the high selection pressure put on Roundup Ready soybeans over the years has led to herbicide-resistant weeds...