How To Increase Pollination

How To Increase Pollination

Happy Monday! Today we want to talk about how to increase pollination In past video’s we’ve talked about one of the nutrients that’s negatively charged & also increases nitrogen utilization.  This nutrient does not translocate well in a plant. Therefore, we need it available throughout the growing season.  Boron is responsible for reproduction, adequate pollination and silking. As we look at our soil tests across America, the majority of the soil tests we look at are boron deficient. If you look at your soil test and you have less than 0.8 parts per million, you are Boron deficient. And we see tests much lower than that. Boron needs to be addressed because It’s going to cost you serious money if you don’t fix that need.

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How do we do that? Well, if we’re going to be out in the field with chemicals or post emerge application, it’s real easy. We can apply Boron then. If we’re side dressing, we can apply some Boron with our Nitrogen. Or we can do it from an airplane.  Boron needs to be available throughout the growing season so it is not a nutrient that is well suited for a one shot fix upfront. We need to apply a little bit, a little bit, a little bit, so every time we’re out there we can address that.

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It is a great product that provides an excellent return. I look at somebody like Matt from up in northern Iowa who ran plots with strips of Boron and that got him 12 bushels to the acre. That’s a significant return. Yes, it’s been a tough spring. Yes, it was a tough winter. Yes, the markets were terrible when we started but, the tough spring and a lot of people not getting planted or people like us who just finished last week have got the corn market paying attention. The markets are headed up. We can afford to do some testing & let’s look at those things that are low investment with high returns. Boron is one of those products.

If you’re open to talking about how you can get your hands on the number one Boron product from an ROI standpoint send us a text at 641-919-5570 or just give us a call. We would love to talk to you.


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Will Your Farm See The Next Generation?

Let’s be honest…Running a family farm operation can be….a lot. 😯

Every farmer today is facing major issues & big obstacles.

And if we’re all being real… No one is talking about them or how to overcome them. Which is crazy since we’re all facing the same types of problems. 😬

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Which problems are causing headaches, heart aches, or stress in your life?

#1 – “I’m sick of not making any MONEY” 💰

#2 – “Lack of working capital”💰

#3 – “I need my parents to pass down assets and they won’t”💰

#4 – “I literally have no control over what happens in the future”👊🏼

#5 – “I’m just trying to get started farming”🙏🏼

#6 – “I have no idea how to handle of all of the STRESS”🤔

#7 – “The Farm is causing problems in other areas of my life”💔

#8 – “I make MONEY on my taxes, but none of it seems to go into my bank account or stay there”💰

#9 – “My family and I are constantly fighting and butting heads over everything”😡

#10 – “I have No Idea how to pass this family farm down to my kids and keep everyone happy”😭

I grew up on a family farm and raised my kids on a family farm who are now raising kids here too. We have seen and lived all of these problems over the last 59 years… 👏🏼

We’ve always been looking for A Better Way and we’re proud to say we have found it! There are ways to solve these problems…🥳

Because the sad reality is family farms are falling apart at the seems because of these problems.😭

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How To Put Up Hay Without Using Acid


Welcome to the a better way to farm podcast where we share a serious secrets about profitable farming. We appreciate you taking the time to join us and we hope that you’ll love the knowledge be shared not only with you today but also in future episodes. So let’s get right into it.

We’re sitting here waiting on the next storm to roll through were predicted to get two to three inches of rain tonight. That will go very well with the other nine inches we’ve already received this month. So we’re a little wet. We’re going to talk about putting up hay today. It’s been a challenging spring. There’s no question about that. And the 10 day forecast for us here in southern Iowa does not look promising. Hay is in short supply.  The question becomes what are we going to do if this is going to continue to be such a challenging year and the windows are going to be short, what can we do to give ourselves the best chance to get our hay up without getting rained on?

Our system works well for that. Guys, I’m going to share with you what we do on our farm. This isn’t some bright idea that we think is theory. This is what we do is what we’re going to do is what we have done. This is not an acid, it is not corrosive and when you use this product, the animals eating the hay actually prefer are treated hey to non treated are treated. So when we’re spraying, we also put a quart of a drying agent in there that we’ll talk about when you call or even this early in the year, the first part of June here if we get to roll and we’ll use two quarts of the drying agent.

What does that do for us? Well the drying agent knocks a wax off the stem and helps that hey to cure out faster. It lets some moisture escape and it lets it be quicker to dry. The second thing it does is that our target is to bale hay somewhere between 18% and 22% so we’re intentionally Bale wetter for a lot of reasons. If we let the Hay get all the way to 12% we lose a lot of leaf. And when we lose leave, we lose protein, we lose feed value and we lose tonnage. We lose a lot of pounds. And so even in grass hay, we much prefer to bail at that 18 to 22% range in Alfalfa.

We can treat the first time for about $1.10 cents a ton and if I have to treat the second time, it’s about another buck a ton so I can double treat for $2 and 10 cents a ton. That’s pretty inexpensive insurance. I’m willing to spend that as an insurance policy. One of the big advantages of using this is is the fact that we can bale one day quicker than the neighbors.

We now know, after 12+ years that if we all mow on Monday our hay will be done at least one day quicker than everyone else, because if it’s dry enough for them to bale Wednesday we are done on Tuesday. So the bottom line is what’s that one day worth? And right now the way this weather is so unstable that one day may be the difference between success and failure.  Winter is going to come again probably way quicker than I want it to and I’m going to need about 700-800 bales to feed cows and I’m going to guess that if you’re reading this then you’re interested in hay production & in the same boat we are.

There really is a better way to put up Hay and I want to encourage you to take a look at what it can do for you.

Can You Really?

Can you really

Can you really Discover how to farm profitably & Guarantee the Financial Growth of Your Family Farm for not only you but for future generations?

Can you really Take Control Over What Happens In The Future?

Can you really Lower the stress in your farm, family & marriage?

Can you really Discover How To Get Started Farming On Your Own These Days?

YES! You can!

Today we’re revealing that and so much MORE on a brand new webcast with our friend Jace…


Oh, and if you don’t know the specific steps you can take to make more money farming this year, this special webinar solves that problem!


Rod Livesay & The Gang At A Better Way to Farm 🙂

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P.S. – You’ll also Discover how to Pass Your Family Farm Down To Your Kids And Keep Everyone Happy & Guarantee the Financial Growth of Your Family Farm for future generations and you definitely want to be there for this one!

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Grow a Profitable Farming Operation & Guarantee the Financial Growth of Your Family Farm (For You & the next generation)

Profitable Farming Operation & Guarantee the Financial Growth of Your Family Farm (For You & the next generation)


Rod here with a quick update …

At the end of the week we’re officially announcing an amazing webinar about the launch of our new partnership…

The topic? Discover how to Grow a Profitable Farming Operation & Guarantee the Financial Growth of Your Family Farm (For You & the next generation)

DATE: June 1st 
Time: Keep your eyes peeled for that

On this New webinar we’ll cover How to: Create a lasting legacy for your farm.

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You can use these techniques to Take Control Over What Happens In The LifeLower the stress for you & your family, and even Discover How To Get Started in Farming &/or How You Can Pass the Family Farm Down To Your Kids And Keep Everyone Happy!

Looking forward to sharing more with you on Friday! 🙂

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The Last Secret Francis Childs Taught Us

The Last Secret Francis Childs Taught Us

Happy Friday! At the beginning of the week we released a podcast that is getting shared like crazy and so we wanted to make sure we gave you all the secrets.  Today we are sharing the LAST secret that Francis Childs shared with us that he used to grow a WORLD RECORD corn crop. He was always the guy who was pushing the limit and that’s how he hit 442 BPA and if you’re reaching for higher yields and profit you can do the same!

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The fifth secret we’re going to share is probably a little unexpected.  It’s that Francis always had a positive attitude. People used to jokingly say “Well, how is having a big positive attitude going to help?” or they would spout off and say “That doesn’t help anything.” Francis would laugh and joke and just say “I don’t know about that but at least it’s a lot more fun to be around the person with a positive attitude then the person with a negative attitude.”  He would also share that having a bad attitude never helped him get where he wanted to go.

Francis was very good at looking at everything as positively as possible.  He expected positive outcomes. He expect positive results and he translated that over into making sure that he was spending the majority of his time with positive people. He wanted to hang around people who were can do people. He spent time with people who believed that there was a better way to farm. He networked with people who were always looking and searching for a better way. I want to encourage you to think about that today.  Strive to have a positive attitude, even if it does nothing different at least it makes us better to be around for our families our churches, and our communities.


Francis was  a tremendous guy, not only was he one of the nicest people I ever had the privilege to meet but was also an incredible farmer. I want to encourage you today to just take a moment and think about the five secrets he instilled in us.  Make sure that we’re planting in a manner which the Pepsi can stays on. 2) always been willing to study. 3) Have a willingness to change after we figured out what the study shows us. 4) how to work with what we have and manage around any issues that are there. 5) to have a great attitude.

I hope this day finds you doing great and that you make this the best year ever.

Be sure to go back to the blog and discover full articles of the full blog posts on the other 4 secrets!  Or hear them right now on the podcast at

The 3rd Secret The Corn King Shared With Us

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Happy Wednesday! Monday we released a brand new podcast that has been blowing up & getting an insane amount of downloads.  So are you wondering what it’s about?  We shared Five Secrets that Francis Childs used to increase his yields and grow a WORLD RECORD corn crop.  Learning from as he lived his life wide open was truly a blessing and it’s an honor to share the secrets he gave us.

Today were spilling secret #3 Francis shared with us which is have a willingness to change.  We often run across people who have such a difficult time with this.

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Several years ago a client of ours shared a story about a neighbor who perfectly illustrated this story.  The neighbor was testing their soybean population the took the first step (secret #2) and ran studies checking out soybean population.  The neighbors were still using a population of 240,000 plants per acre.  After taking the suggestion of running tests they started at 90,000 and they ran population studies at 90, 100, 110, 120, 130,000 ect all the way up  to 240,00 ppa. In their area, in their fields, in their own studies, their number one yield, not their number one money maker but their number one yield was it 130,000 plants per acre. Here’s the kicker though…the guy that ran the study proceeded to do the CRAZIEST thing.  He decided that since the number one yield was at 130,000 plants per acre that they would cut back and plant at 185,000 plants per acre.

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That leaves me scratching my head. He studied, he learned, he knew and yet the neighbor don’t do what was best because he couldn’t bring himself to make the change. So yes, it is important that we always study. However, it’s EQUALLY It is important that after we study we make tweaks from what we learn.  It is important that we try new things on a yearly basis. When we see what happens in trials, then we have to be willing to make changes!  I realized that old habits die so hard. I understand “this is the way we’ve always done it or the way that dad did it or maybe the way that grandpa did it!  Sometimes what we do it deeply ingrained in us. Yet sometimes the practices that we’ve hung onto for generations are the thing that’s our limiting factor.

It’s always interesting to me to see how things in ag have changed. We all understand technology is important. Everyone is using a different planter than what grandpa did. Everyone is using a different tractor than what grandpa did.  No one is using the same hybrids that grandpa did, especially considering that grandpa probably started his farming career by getting some ear corn out of the crib, picking the best ears by hand, shelling them off and planting that seed. I daresay that no one reading this blog is in the process right now of going to the corn crib to pick up some ears to go plant.  Why is it we embrace those changes but not changes in fertility or N management?  Why do we resist change in areas that can make a HUGE difference.  Today I just want to encourage everyone to not only study but also be willing to make the change!

Be sure to check back to the blog this week to discover the other two secrets!  Or hear them right now on the podcast at

The 2nd Secret The Corn King Taught Us

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Happy Tuesday! Yesterday we released a brand new podcast sharing five secrets that we learned from Francis Childs to increase yields.  Learning from him as he was on a quest to be the fastest and the best was truly incredible.

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The second thing that we learned from Francis was to always study. So often in ag we get in the habit of doing something and we just don’t ever stop. For instance, maybe we’ve been using anhydrous for the last 40 years, maybe we’ve always used anhydrous, we don’t remember not using it. So we just do it year in & year out. It is our mindset that we cannot NOT do whatever “it” is. Francis was an anhydrous user early on but Francis was always studying. One of the studies that he ran was he started comparing using nh3 to using 28 or 32. He ran several multiyear studies in the same fields to see what would happen.

Another thing Francis studied was starter fertilizer for years and years and years. (like over 15 plus years of testing)  He tested 4-10-10 and then he compared it to 3-18-18 to see how that worked out.  He was always testing different products from seed Germination aids to pieces of tillage equipment.  Even if he had always used one certain brand of tillage equipment he would still run studies and compare. Studying was something he did differently and it was something he did every season.

Many of the top producers are always studying. I’ve heard many of them say a person needs to always have a test patch.  Regardless of its a 10 acre patch or a whole section top producers literally try and run it off the cliff and see where they can do the outrageous.  Yes, some of them fail. Some are a total zero, but they’re always get new ideas that DO work!  Francis was someone who was always studying and growing!


Be sure to check back to the blog this week to hear the other 3 secrets!  Or hear them on the podcast at

What The Corn King Taught Us

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Happy Monday! Today we released a brand new podcast sharing with you five ideas that we learned from Francis Childs to increase yields.  We cherish the time we shared with Francis.  He was a unique individual who just always looked at things differently and I think that was one of the keys to his success! If we look at things just like everyone else, then we get the same results that everyone else has.

We enjoyed learning from him, we enjoyed working with him and he was just a really awesome human being. As a bonus we want to share one of our favorite memories with Francis that exemplifies what he was like. In about 2005 we were getting ready for a field day and my daughter Karen who was about 11 years old. She had come out to the field to pick some of us up for lunch and she was in a Kawasaki Mule. Francis quickly hopped in and rode with Karen. Once they get about halfway to the house as they were going through a pasture, Francis reaches over, kicks Karen’s foot off the foot feed and puts his foot on it and he says, “I’ll run the gas you steer!” At that moment he smashed the foot feet clear to the floor. In the blink of an eye, I was watching my daughter, literally flying over field terraces, yelling and screaming and giggling with Francis. That was how Francis lived his life…wide open. He was always the guy who was pushing the limit going as fast & as far as he could. Francis was always on a quest to be the fastest and the best.

So today on the blog we are going to share the first thing Francis taught us.  He use to tongue and cheek say “You can never plant corn before 10 o’clock in the morning.” Now let me say… that’s not actually a statistical fact, but let’s dig into why he said that.  The reason he said that was because at his house, the rule was you couldn’t drink a soda before 10:00 AM.  Why does that matter?

You can never plant corn before 10 o'clock in the morning.”

Francis always said you couldn’t plant your corn until you could set a half a can of Pepsi on the box of the corn and drive across the field.  If that half a can of Pepsi would stay on the box and it would ride to the other end of the field, then your field was smooth enough to plant corn.  He was very much adamant about getting a really good contact between the seed and the soil and he was very much adamant about making sure that we had the perfect stand.

Francis used to jokingly say that if a rabbit got halfway down a row, it would have to go all the way to the other end in order to move over to the next role because he couldn’t cut through.  Francis believed a good stand crucial & he always did an incredible job of that.  It was an honor to get to go walk his fields and to be a part of it! It was incredible to see the 442 bpa that he grew up in Iowa. It was also incredible to be a part of being his Nebraska yield of 299.7 as well.  He always strived for the perfect stand and it was a key part of his success. To achieve that it’s crucial that his field was smooth enough and that he was driving the right speed.


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