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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 Preparing a Nutrient Management Plan
    Sep 13, 2021 | Answer Plot
    Planning for the 2022 season begins this fall, and a good place to focus your efforts is revisiting your nutrient management program. While the season is still fresh in your mind, think about what you’ll need to do to ensure your crops have what they need to thrive next year....
    Help Put Yourself In A Profitable Position With CROPLAN® Winter Canola
    Sep 12, 2021 | Answer Plot
    As the product manager for CROPLAN ® winter canola , I enjoy reminding growers about the many agronomic benefits that come with including it in their rotation. This year, winter canola provides farmers with another huge economic advantage that makes it an increasingly...
    Does Fall Burndown Pay Off?
    Sep 10, 2021 | Answer Plot
    For farmers who adopt minimum- or no-till practices, controlling weeds throughout the fall can be crucial — particularly for winter annual weeds like marestail and perennials, such as dandelions. Overwintered marestail, for example, is very difficult to control in the spring...
    3 Cotton Defoliation Strategies To Help Optimize Yield Potential
    Aug 30, 2021 | Answer Plot
    Cotton defoliation is a management decision that is just as important as the seed or inputs you choose. Proper defoliation can help improve harvest efficiency by promoting more even boll opening, reducing the amount of trash and staining in the harvested cotton, and lowering...
    Want Big Yields? Don’t Skimp on Zinc.
    Aug 02, 2021 | Answer Plot
    When it comes to plant nutrition, 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. Zinc promotes consistent...
    Don’t Let a Boron Deficiency Compromise Your Corn
    Jul 30, 2021 | Answer Plot
    When corn plants reach tasseling and early reproductive stages, there are many important factors at play supporting their healthy development. One that’s often overlooked but can have a sizeable impact is the presence of boron. When sufficient, boron supports healthy...
    5 Ways to Find Success With Fungicides
    Jul 21, 2021 | Answer Plot
    It’s time to bust the myth once and for all that fungicides aren’t worth investing in. Research has continually shown yield advantages when a fungicide application is made. In fact, our Answer Plot ® trials have consistently shown an average of more than 10 bushel per acre...
    3 Tips for More Economical Fungicide Applications
    Jul 07, 2021 | Answer Plot
    When weighing purchase decisions, there are many factors to consider, but when push comes to shove, it’s all about the ROI potential. Here are three steps you can take to make more economical fungicide decisions, regardless of what the season brings. 1. Identify responsive...
    Tips For Managing Drought-Stressed Fields
    Jul 01, 2021 | Answer Plot
    You can purchase the right equipment, seed and inputs to set your season up for success, but you can’t control the weather. Navigating the challenges of Mother Nature is one of trickiest parts of farming. This is especially true when it comes to managing crops through drought...
    Use Response-To Fungicide Scores to Make Data-Based Decisions
    Jun 22, 2021 | Answer Plot
    This year’s favorable crop prices and solid market conditions offer a unique opportunity to invest in management strategies that can really bump up your yield and ROI potential. One of the considerations you may approach differently this year is fungicide applications. When...
    Use Response-to Scores to Guide Agronomic Decisions
    Jun 21, 2021 | Answer Plot
    Response-to scores can help you better match the hybrids you choose to your management style and farm environment, which allows you to allocate your crop inputs budget more precisely. For the last 10 years, WinField United has measured and recorded the response of various...
    Manage Risk and Improve Yield Potential With Impact Rx™ Prescription Service
    May 25, 2021 | Answer Plot
    Fungicide applications may not be at the top of your priority list but, according to our Answer Plot ® data, they should be. Across varying locations and conditions, trials have consistently shown an average of more than 10 bushel per acre increases in corn yields when a...
    When Corn Becomes a Weed
    May 18, 2021 | Answer Plot
    Volunteer corn is more than just a nuisance in soybean fields. Left uncontrolled, it can lead to substantial yield losses and also serve as a host for corn rootworm larvae. In fact, a study by the University of Nebraska showed 5,000 volunteer corn plants per acre reduced...
    Dicamba 101: Questions From the Field
    May 17, 2021 | Answer Plot
    Dicamba label restrictions have been updated once again for the 2021 season, and it’s important to know what those updates mean for your operation. Here are answers to some of the most common dicamba questions I’ve been hearing in the field. What’s the difference between 2,4...
    The Scoop on Split Nitrogen Applications
    May 13, 2021 | Answer Plot