How To Never Have a Diesel Gel Up Again

Hey guys, the topic for the day is how to make your life easier when it gets really cold out.

The Arctic temps are starting across the country and that makes chores extra interesting.  From having to be out cleaning out grain bins to feeding hay the work does not stop even if it’s 14 below zero with the wind is blowing 30 miles an hour. The only thing that makes that situation worse is your tractor barely idling because it’s gelled up.
The good news is we can help when that happens.  You can simply shut the tractor off and add a product that we offer, called 4-POWER D, then you can start it back up and go. On the flip side we can also prevent these problems before they happen.  We can keep equipment from geling up. From semis to tractors there’s a way to avoid gel ups all together!  The solution is Diesel Plus. It does a lot of things and on our farm, we run it year round for a few reasons. It cuts fuel consumption by 10%. It prevents algae from growing because it has an algaecide in it. It makes everything burn more completely and makes our fuel burn cleaner.  In the wintertime, the most important thing is does is lowers the gel point of diesel fuel by about 35 degrees. We run straight number two diesel, all winter long and never have to blend. (Yes, we have cattle. Yes, we have to chore every day.) Somebody’s firing that tractor up every day, and we have not had a tractor shut down on us yet, in about 15 years.

If you’re interested in how you can lower your gel point by 35 degrees and save a multitude of aggravation and just being plain miserable, hit us up with a text at 641-919-1206 or shoot us at A Better Way to Farm. Happy Friday!

❄️ 12 Nutrients of Christmas: Nitrogen 🎅

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Good evening. I want to open with two quotes. One of them is a quote that’s been attributed to Hitler. And he says, “And a lie told often enough is accepted as the truth.” The other one is actually … Is by Churchill and it’s written in many places. And it says this: “The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.” Winston Churchill.

See, the problem with the truth is it’s the truth. And no matter what happens, no matter how many times something is said that isn’t truthful, no matter how accepted it becomes, it’s still not the truth. I’ve asked you on this journey as we go through The Twelve Nutrients of Christmas and pretend that you know nothing about nutrients. Because the problem with a lot of what we know is that it isn’t true.

Now, you say, “How can that be?” Well, it’s easy. Let’s go back to 1491 when everyone in the entire world knew the world was flat. And then it wasn’t. For this year’s 12 Days we will be sharing alot from “The Anatomy of Life and Energy in Agriculture.” by Dr. Arden B. Andersen. If you’d like to check the book out you can grab it from our aff link for $18 on Amazon –

For day one we are going to talk about nitrogen and how we can utilize it better on our farms.  The first quote by Dr. Arden B. Andersen says that, “Nitrogen, along with potash, is being overused, misused, and abused. It produces great profits for the fertilizer industry. It is the major electrolyte in the soil and living tissue. Without nitrogen, there is no life. It is the primary component of protein and amino acids. The other side of that is because nitrogen can enter a plant in the absence of phosphate, it can just go into the plant by itself. We set ourselves up that it’s ripe for a nitrate toxicity. And ripe for nitrogen funding protein formations. In other words, when we don’t have enough phosphate and/or enough sugar, then all of a sudden we end up with cells that aren’t reproducing correctly. When that happens, the plants resonate at a different frequency and they attract lots of insects and are stressed by environmental conditions. Then we end up with plants that have low nutritional value, short shelf life, and less flavor.”

See, the problem with the truth is, it’s still the truth. If an animal dies in the desert and we cover it with a tarp, the buzzards can’t get to it. The vultures don’t eat it. The animal is still dead. We can present it as anything we want, but it’s a dead animal. When we do this to our plants, we can present them as anything we want. They’re still not healthy, they still attract the insects. It’s still makes us buy more and more and more of the things that take those away.

Here’s a little tidbit for you. “Nitrogen is utilized in plants in two forms. Nitrate, NO, and ammonia, or NH4. Not NH3, NH4. Both of these have very distinct functions. The nitrate nitrogen is needed early in the growing season to stimulate growth of the leaf crops throughout the season. The ammonia nitrogen is needed later in the season for fruit and seed set.” So consequently, often times we have that backwards. Let’s presume that we’re doing the right thing and we’re using 28 or 32. Why? Because it’s a 50-50 mix of both of these and we have that nitrate that’s needed more upfront in that growing season. And we have the ammonia that is needed later. But what happens? The soil bacteria go to work on the ammonia and immediately start to convert it to nitrate.

So what does that mean? That means that when we use pure ammonia form nitrogen early, we don’t have the nitrate formed there when it needs it. And the bacteria go to work on it and start converting it. So when we get into the later part of that lifecycle of that plant, now we don’t have as much of the ammonia as we need. We have more nitrate. Now, the plant can convert that back. A corn plant will convert nitrate back to ammonia, but it burns energy in the process.

And so what we need to do is be cognizant of that. Therefore, what does that mean? It makes 28 or 32 a great product of choice. And it makes the Guardian Stabilizer product that we have (Dicyandiamide) the perfect product because it keeps nitrogen in the ammonia form longer. It hangs onto that ammonia and we get a yield increase just because we have the nitrogen in the correct form at the correct time in the growing cycle.

See, all of the people that want to talk about the four R’s, they talk about the right place, the right time, the right product, the right whatever, but they’re not doing it. Most of them probably don’t even know it. And the fact is the right form early on is nitrate. The right form later for seed set, for yield, for grain, is ammonia. And so we need to have both of those available throughout the growing season to get the maximum yield. And we’ve known that for a significantly long period of time.

Dr. Arden B. Andersen is not anhydrous-friendly. And I know some of you out there are going to say that, “Well, you know, we’ve been using anhydrous for a long time and we’re getting away with it.” However, Dr. Dan Skow says, “He remembers when he first started his practice in the early 70’s and anhydrous ammonia was as scarce as chlamydia was in hogs. And as anhydrous ammonia usage became more and more popular, so did chlamydia in hogs on those farms. Today it’s a serious problem requiring vaccination multiple times. Anhydrous is a cheap source. It looks really good on paper. But again, chemistry is chemistry. It is another common practice of modern AG that degrades the soil fertility and it’s just is not our friend.”

Guys, we are in a different time. Our number one goal is to bring you information. We do have great products and we have a system that is second to none. And our whole philosophy is geared towards profitability per acre. We’re gonna talk about a lot of those Thursday and Friday when we’re up by Davenport, Iowa for Pro Ag. We will spend two days talking about nitrogen, nitrogen utilization and nitrogen stabilizers as well as a wealth of other things that pay YOU.

There are 15 nitrogen stabilizers on the market. Three of them work. Two of those three work because they’re indiscriminate bactericides killing all of the bacteria in the soil. One does not kill bacteria and it does stabilize nitrogen. Are you sure you’re using the one that works? Everything that happens in agriculture’s good for somebody, but is it good for you? Using lots and lots of N is good for somebody, but who?