Cut The Slack

Cut The Slack

Hey Friends, happy Sunday!  Hope this finds you doing well.  We just got home from a friend’s wedding in Nebraska (it worked out well that Iowa won & Nebraska lost ;)).  Today, I want to talk to you about cutting slack on our farm. As we traveled we listen to Craig Groeschel’s podcast and it got me thinking about the management side of farming.  The best investment we can make is in ourselves & pushing yourselves to be better.

So when I say cut the slack I’m talking about is what is it that we can do that will help us propel forward? It’s easy to fall into a rut. Sometimes it’s easy to do the same old thing again and again and sometimes it’s easy to stay really busy, but are we really accomplishing something or are we just working? One of the things that we may need to do to cut out slack is to take some of the things that are not productive is check who we take advice/recommendations from.  Are they bringing us new info or is it just have the same conversation over and over and over again.  Are they challenging us? If they’re not making us think, if we’re not making them think, then maybe we need to find someone new to talk to.

A second way of cutting out the slack is making a daily plan & sticking to it.  I know my work always eats up all the time I have allocated, I may have a project and I have 12 hours to do it and it takes all 12 hours but if I had something going on for Kayla at school that night and I had to be at the school and I only had seven hours, I’ll still get the project done because I’ll be more productive. So can we figure out how to condense our projects and work a little harder so we can go home to our family quicker.

So my question for you today is “what can we do to make our farming operation run smoother?” The one thing I know in life is nothing stays the same and we’re either growing and getting better or we’re in trouble.  So let’s make sure that we are committed to growing and getting better. If you would like to have a conversation that might push you give us a call 641-919-1206. Hope you are having a fantastic Sunday.

Hemp Summit: Kick start your hemp operation.

Hemp Field Day

We’re cohosting Applied Agronomy: Hemp Summit. At this first of it’s kind Hemp Summit we are over delivering.  If you are curious, considering, or already cultivating hemp this 1 time 1 day event is for you!  

You can learn from the top industry expert, hear about different types of hemp, and even get ideas you can apply immediately! Heck, you may even discover how to create a new positive cash-flow source for your farm!  

In fact, here’s just a sample of what you can expect at this first of it’s kind Hemp Summit:

  • You can meet Dr. Curtis Livesay CCA…
  • This is where the best of the best will be…
  • You can walk away with ideas that will change your family farm…
  • You’ll save a ton of time over figuring everything out on your own…
  • You won’t have to worry that you’re doing things wrong…
  • … and much, MUCH More!

Don’t miss this first of it’s kind Hemp Summit where you can hear how to really making things happen and grow hemp for a profit fast.

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To make money farming, this works like crazy…

To make money farming,

To make money farming, in depth soil & tissue testing works like crazy.  That’s why it’s something that we focus on like no one else!  The way we teach farmers like you to soil & tissue test is how Chris had one of his best yield ever in a d2 disaster drought, its how Jerry increased his farm average by over 100 bpa over 10 years, it’s how Travis got the top yield in South Dakota, it’s how Matt increased his yield by over 10 bpa just by adding 1 micro-nutrient.

You can learn from top industry expert, get ideas you can apply immediately, and even see how Dan is beating his county yield averages by 70 bpa when you meet us at a field day!

This coming week field day season starts! We’re helping host field day’s like no other..

  • August 13th Kimball, Mn
  • August 15th Odebolt, IA
  • August 26th Ashton, IA
  • August 28th Freeport, IL

When you attend a field day not only will you get 4 FREE* soil or tissue tests, you’ll get to see with your own eyes products in action, discover how to increase N efficacy but you’ll also get to kick start your farm’s profit. Heck, you may even discover how to create a new positive cash-flow source for your farm!

Shoot us an email back or text 641-919-5570 for times & addresses.

Looking forward to seeing YOU there!


Oh, one more thing. If you grow hemp or are considering it in the future & really want to kick start your hemp operation, but you’re worried about wasting time and losing money, here’s your answer!  We’re hosting a Hemp Summit – A Summit Like No Other Wednesday August the 28th at 8 A.M. in Freeport, IL You can get all the details here:

*to qualified attendees

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.


PS: Having nothing to do with Boron I’d love to invite to check out another project that we’re working on at

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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.😭

You can discover the exact methods our family farm is using in a Free Training where our friend Jace walks you through each one of the problems…🌽🐮

And the solutions I’ve found to fix them. Because if we want our farm to still be here 100 years from now we have to fix these problems.❤️❤️

👉🏻Check out the training at


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