Are You Using a Nitrogen Stabilizer That Works?

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Hello Everyone and over the next few weeks we are going to be sharing research from Top End Farming from two years of research at their farm in Northern Illinois.  They studied tons of different products and had dozens and dozens of replications with a big emphasis on micro-nutrients. 2018 was a year full of changes and weather challenges but it was a great learning experience. Dan from Top End Farming used a 4 row plot planter. They experienced heavy rains all year which challenged everything from emergence to making timely spray passes. Having wet feet all year certainly knocked a lot of the Top End yield potential out, but it also provided a great learning opportunity for us all.  The studies on starter formulations were eye opening and so were the nitrogen studies. More N isn’t always the answer to yellow corn. 😉

Dan pulled soil tests in the fall of 2017 to see what was needed and at what rates. Nitrogen was sprayed on behind the planter at a rate of 60gal of 32% unless otherwise noted. Mid-season the entire plot was Y-dropped with 10gal. 32% and 5gal. of ATS.

While Dan strives to maintain this as an independent plot, we are indeed distributors with Conklin and we firmly believe you will not find a higher quality product anywhere. Conklin also provides top end knowledge sharing.

Everything we do is based off of specific soil tests, field by field.  So, we’re not throwing blind darts at the wall wasting ANY money. This is why we highly recommend everyone uses MidWest Labs from Omaha, NE to run independent soil tests. We look forward to sharing results with you over the next few weeks!

First up, the Nitrogen study.  It was conducted using three different rates of 32% and two different stabilizers. 40, 50, and 60 gallon rates were used stand alone and with Instinct and Guardian.

Instinct has an active ingredient of nitrapyrin.  It is a popular stabilizer but comes with a down side of causing corrosion and destroying soil bacteria.

Guardian has an active ingredient of dicyandiamide.  It is non-corrosive to your equipment and doesn’t kill valuable soil bacteria.


  • Plot #34: 40 gallon 32%UAN and 1.5qt Guardian yielded 217.34bpa
  • Plot #35: 40gallon 32%UAN and 24oz. of Instinct yielded 212.65bpa

Guardian out yielded competitor by 4.69 BPA

  • Plot #36: 40 Gallon 32%UAN yielded 213bpa
  • Plot #37: 50 Gallon 32%UAN yielded 208.12bpa

Guardian out yielded competitor by 4.88 BPA

  • Plot #38: 50 Gallon 32%UAN and 24oz. of Instinct yielded 235.01bpa
  • Plot #39: 50 Gallon 32%UAN and 1.5qt Guardian yielded 279.72bpa

Guardian out yielded competitor by 44.71 BPA

  • Plot #40: 60 Gallon 32%UAN and 1.5qt of Guardian yielded 276.28bpa
  • Plot #41: 60 Gallon 32%UAN and 24oz. of Instinct yielded 265.43bpa
  • Plot #42: 60 Gallon 32%UAN yielded 250.27bpa

Guardian out yielded competitor by 10.85

Cost of both stabilizers is $9/acre

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Please note: at the beginning of the 2018 season Dan approached several other local retailers in his area and offered his soil test and some strips in the plot to see how their products would compare they all admittedly refused to take part and therefore the few competitive products in the trials were obtained from their customers.

The Seed Treatment That Provided an ROI of of $33.13 per acre.

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Amplify-D (Dry Formula) and Amplify-L (Liquid Formula) are our world class award winning seed emergence aids. This product contain an additional amount of the adenosine monophosphate (AMP) that is found naturally in seeds.


By providing the seed with additional AMP and fertilizer, seedling vigor is enhanced and emergence is improved. The plant gets off to a quicker, more uniform start and performs better over the growing season. That translates into the potential for faster maturity, better yields and higher profits. Seeds treated with Amplify are better able to withstand stressful cold & wet conditions that are commonly experienced during planting.

Here is how Amplify performed in Shannon, IL in 2018

  • Amplify-D produced 249.51bpa 8.24bpa increase over the check $26.34 ROI
  • Amplify-L produced 249.60bpa 8.33bpa increase over the check $26.16 ROI
  • Check strip yielded 241.27bpa

ROI was figured using $3.50 corn and $2.50/ac cost for Amplify-D and $3/ac cost for Amplify-L

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2 year average on Amplify-D at research location in Northern IL is 10.18 bpa and $33.13 Return on Investment


Special thanks to Dan from Top End Farming for providing this research for more info send him a message on Facebook.

The 1st Thing You NEED To Do Before Plant 19

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Today, we want to talk about some low hanging fruit for our grain farmers. The bottom line is this, we don’t know what the spring it’s going to be, but it would appear that we have all the makings of some weird weather.  At least in Southeast Iowa it’s looking that way.  We had a very dry summer in 2018 and followed that with getting our average annual rainfall in September and October and went off into some snow in November. December was like first spring and then in January and February we have had a really intense winter with record low temps and record amounts of snow fall. I think our school has had 2 full days since Christmas break. So banking on the fact that we’ll have a normal spring seems like a bad idea.

Here’s what we do know… when it’s time to go plant corn we’ve got to plant corn. Sometimes we have to go to the field a little early.  Quite often after we plant, it turns off cold and damp.  Have you ever planted at an air temperature of 67 out and three days later, it’s 41 degrees and raining. Sometimes it’ll stay that way for a while and that is HARD on your corn seed. So, what can we do to help those little corn plant? One of the things that we do on our farm, and that we recommend, is using Amplify-D. Amplify is seed treatment with the active ingredient of adenosine monophosphate.


It costs about $2.50 an acre on corn at wholesale pricing. The typical response is 3-13 bushel per acre. If you get into the Beck’s PFR book, I believe the average over the last three years is 13.56 per acre. So, if you’re open to spending 2.50 to get back $13.56 consider Amplify.  Adenosine monophosphate is just simply an energy source to help that little seed get up and growing out of the ground. It helps aid in even emergence, increases plants per acre that come up and helps your seed get out of the ground to capture sunlight.  It gives each seed a GOOD start getting more energy until it comes out of the ground to receive sunlight.  Ever grass seed has a tiny bit of adenosine monophosphate naturally so we ramp that up when applying amplify.


So guys, if you’re open to giving EVERY seed you plant the best start possible and packing it a little sack lunch of energy to help it get through to sunshine for $2.50 and getting back over $13 text Karen at 641-919-5570 to get your order placed before the spring rush hits!

Got Baby Calves On The Way?

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Happy Monday Farmers! Today we’re going to switch gears for a little bit and we’re going to talk to the cow/calf guys.  We’re going to share a little bit about how to make your life better. If you’re getting ready to calve this is perfect for you.  We all know spring calving can be stressful. Sometimes the weather is not conductive to we want. From freezing temps to cold damp rain it’s almost invariably something happens. So what can we do to improve overall calf health? On our farm, we feed every animal fast track fast track, a live powdered microbial product that we mix in their daily feed. It’s a maintenance dose of about an ounce per head per day.  We do that regularly, because anytime we can improve the health of the digestive tract, we do. It causes us to have less trouble and improved overall health.

For calves specifically, what we want to do is give it a good source of energy from the minute it’s up and moving. When that calf hits the ground, we give it a dose of jumpstart gel. Jumpstart is like jumper cables for the newborn calf’s digestive track. Getting their stomach on the right start from the beginning saves a lot of head aches down the road. Each calf is born with a sterile stomach and the question is do the good bacteria get in there and start reproducing or do the bad bacteria get a head start and create problems?

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For example if a new baby calf is in the mud and gets his tongue in the mud there’s a good chance he’ll get a little manure and all of a sudden he’s got a belly ache and we have a problem. Our goal is to make sure that the good bacteria wins the race. And so we give him a dose of the jump start gel. By doing that, the calf becomes more aggressive when eating and his appetite improves.  That makes rate of gain better. Want an added bonus? Less of a scours.  We hardly EVER have a scours problem in new born calves or bottle calves and that’s because our calves only have good bacteria in their stomachs.

So, here’s the deal, regardless of if you have 2 cows or 2,000 cows Fastrack is a way to make your life easier and make your farm better and more profitable. If you’d be open to trying Fastrack on your farm or in getting more information and seeing how it can help your calving comment here or text Karen at 641-919-5570.

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3 Things About Change

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Happy Wednesday – I hope today finds you warm and safe from all the ICE we have in Southeast Iowa. We have had a tremendous amount of ice here at the farm and it has been interesting just getting in and out doing chores. Some of you might’ve seen our posts from the attempting to unload three cows on Saturday. I hope you found that a little bit humorous. My chiropractor found it humorous yesterday. We just got back home from Ankeny Pro Ag. We had a great time up there. Shout out to the 65 guys that we got to set through the two day fundamentals of agronomy training with. Lots of ideas picked up and it was a blast to be a part of.  The coolest part about what we do is meeting and learning from the world’s best farmers.

Today we want to talk about “Three Things About Change.”

Number one, the fertility portion of the Ag industry hates change. They are so resistant to change that it’s almost unbelievable. Why is that? Well, there’s several reasons.

  1. we all tend to just want to do it exactly like we used to do it.
  2. It’s easier just to continue down the same path and not make any corrections and not doing anything differently.
  3. I say all the time but everything that happens in Ag is good for somebody. The question is, is it good for you?

Is what your fertility dealer or consultant is telling you to do good for you or is it good for them?  If we know the industry hates change, we have to think about why. Is it because there’s a vested interest financially? There are billions of dollars of infrastructure and certain kinds of tool bars and certain kinds of spreader trucks and certain kinds of buildings to handle certain kinds of materials. So regardless of what’s best for you, they’re going to keep doing what they’re doing because that’s what’s best for them.  I want to empower you to ask the question. “Why?” Are you open to asking the question “why”? Why do you want me to do that? Why should I do it this way instead of this way? Let’s make sure the answer is because it’s what is most important for you!

Fact number two is that change is necessary to be more profitable! If I go back to 1965 when maybe you were farming, maybe your dad was farming, maybe your grandpa was farming. You’re not using the same planter. Why? Because change was necessary to be profitable. We went to better planters. In 1965. Farmers were using a four row planter that was 38 to 42 inches wide.  Change was necessary to make more money. In 1965, it was all open station tractors and farmers health deteriorated and we weren’t doing things the way we should have. Change was necessary to make life better.

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And so we’ve got better tractors and we’ve got better planters. In 1965, the seed corn industry was really just starting to get rolling on cross pollination and doing the things that they could do to produce better hybrids and change was necessary. They had a hard time growing 100 Bushel. Today you have hybrids that grow 300-400 Bushel. Change was necessary. Change has been necessary everywhere. We don’t use old barge boxes to hold our corn anymore. Why? Because we couldn’t get rid of our corn 80 Bushel at a time with a tractor to the elevator. So now we have a 1,000 – 1,500 Bushel grain carts and now we have semis because we got to go faster because change is necessary to make more money.  And yet somehow in the industry of fertilizer people think change isn’t unnecessary? We just hang onto it. We just do it the same old way. We go out and we dry broadcast, just like grandpa did in ’65. Guys change is necessary to be more profitable.  If you’re advisers are telling you that you’ll never, ever, ever need micronutrients, RUN AWAY FROM THEM. Let’s think about it… There’s 30,000-50,000 pounds of potassium in every acre of soil and the Midwest and yet we apply potash because we need it.

But somehow even though our corn crop takes zinc, sulfur, boron, manganese or copper.  If your soil tests aren’t recommending ANY micros or secondary’s it might be time to ask why.   It’s not 1965. It’s 2019. It’s not sufficient anymore to just look at CEC and P1 and P2. We need to look at organic matter, we need to look at base saturation and we need to look at zinc and manganese and copper and boron and sulfur and look at all of the nutrients because change is necessary if you’re going to be more profitable.

Lastly, the third thing about change is someone to guide us has great value. We’re looking for some of you who are open to make a change. To say yes, I understand change is necessary. To say, “yeah, I want to find someone who will help guide me through this and will give me direction and the direction that they’re going to give me is going to be based on a whole lot of other people that they’ve helped guide through change and that they’ve helped guide into more profit.”  That’s what we’re looking for.

The bottom of my business card simply says “if you’re looking for a better way…” That’s it. If you’re perfectly content, you don’t want to make a change, that’s awesome, God bless you. However, if you believe firmly that this industry is fighting change tooth and nail and if you believe that you need someone to help guide you through that then give us a call. 641-919-1206.

I’d love five people who would make a decision to meet me in Lincoln, Nebraska on Monday morning at 8:30, and we’ll talk about how to guide you through the change and then we’ll have a 100% money back no risk guarantee. You come, you take a look and see if this is going to be what’s going to help you make a change and makes you 15 to 50 bucks an acre. I will personally guarantee it. There really is a better way to do this. And if you’re interested in making a change, we want to help you. Hope you have a better evening.

How a Farm Family From a County with Zero Stoplights Reaches YOU

The world has never moved faster or been more informed but it never ceases to amaze me much more we have to learn and teach especially in the agricultural industry. While our profession includes only 2% of the US population it effects every American.

In 2012 our facebook page was created. In 2013 I got intentional about posting every day. In 2015 after I graduated college we hired a business marketing coach to help us grow and impact more people and it was the single best investment we ever made. Since then A Better Way to Farm has taken off. We have impacted millions of people. Gained over 100 clients, many of which are now close friends. Best of all we have served and helped the American Farmer in ways we never dreamed possible.

Partnering with Facebook has allowed us a platform that continues to grow every day with every post we make. Our reach has grown from Iowa to the Midwest to the whole United States, to a global scale now. So allow us the opportunity to say THANK YOU for being here!

A Better Way to Farm is a community for inspiring, educating, and serving the worlds most noble profession. Most importantly, We have encouraged farmers to ask “why.”

Today we stepped foot on the place that changed everything for us and a ripple effect to millions more, Facebook Headquarters. So thankful for this opportunity to grow! 🌽


Triticale, Cotton, Sugar Beets and Wheat OH MY!

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Good afternoon guys, Rod here at A Better Way to Farm, happy Friday. Today’s blog post is for those of you who farm something other than Corn & Beans. We will focus specifically Triticale, Cotton, Sugar Beets and Wheat.  We talk a lot about corn and soybeans because that’s our fastball, that’s the thing we work in the most.  We also spend quite a bit of time doing hay, and also have good experience consulting on milo. A big shout out to my brother, Charles, who has won the state of Iowa in the sorghum growers contest the past 3 years.

We have systems that work really good with corn, beans, and milo. But, there’s about 150 crops that we can make specific recommendations for. If you grow Triticale, we can help. You want grow great cotton, our soil test system will make specific recommendations for that cotton. Regardless of it’s two bail on dry land or much higher on irrigated. We can help.  Our system also works really well in sugar beets. With high dollar crops it’s really important we get things working correctly.  We’ve also seen tremendous results in wheat.  Several years ago a friend and client of ours in Oklahoma accidentally forgot to turn the starter pump on in his wheat field for one pass.  He had a 17 bushel to the acre decrease where no starter was used.

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Regardless of where you are, whether you’re in the great northwest and growing wheat. Or you’re growing the sugar beets or barley or vegetables. We’ve got a system that can help you. It’s a system based on science. It’s a system based on pulling soil test. A system based on getting specific recommendations field by field. So many people are trying to figure out what to do after they pull their test because they get back the norms and they get their levels but they don’t know what to do with the result. Our system makes recommendations, tells us exactly what to do to get the highest possible yield for your plant.

If you’d like to schedule a time for us to talk and see if we could serve you don’t hesitate to reach out.

How To Pay Extra Attention To Every Dollar You’re Spending This Season

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Are you Facing Challenges? I want to talk to you a little bit candidly here about some things. One of those biggest things that we’re facing is where is the correctly place to spend our money? The most important money that you’re going to spend, is on a GOOD soil tests.
We are seeing more and more articles and videos talking about how people are moving away from grid sampling. Which we’re in favor of (unless you’re really managing Lime). So, what do we do? We go out and test in 20 or 40 acre blocks for exactly the way you’re going to plant it. What matters is what it takes us to get from one end of the field to the other and then back as many times as possible before we have to stop and reload. The best thing to do is run soil tests.
Spend the few dollars and we will either save you that in inputs or make you that on the other end. More than likely we’ll do it tenfold. When we’re trying to decide how to spend our money because of budget constraints, let’s make sure that we do exactly what that test says. If all we need is starter fertilizer and micronutrients + secondaries, then let’s do that. If we need those things plus dry then let’s do that too. If we need to do some strip till, do that.
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It’s paramount that in order to successfully overcome a challenge, that we gather all of the information that we can get. So we have to make good decisions. If we are only soil testing to gather information and we don’t tweak things yearly (or as often as we pull our soil tests) then why are we doing it? We do not want to gather information for the next 10 years until we’re overwhelmed and drowning in it. We want to gather good information that’s relevant to this year. A good soil tests tells us what we need to do through side dress applications, fall application, or spring applications.
I want to encourage you that if the biggest challenge that you’re facing in the coming season is budget constraints, it’s more crucial than ever that we’re spending every dollar as intelligently and purposeful as we can. The only way to effectively do that is by spending our very first dollars on soil tests.
If you need some help getting your soil test done or want to know how to best pull those to get the most money back for you feel free to comment here or call 641-919-1206. We love working with you. We know that this years going to be tight and we specialize in helping farmers work through that every chance that we get by helping them reduce overall input cost buy as much as 50 cents a bushel. We look forward to talking to you soon.

Sugar Makes Farming Sweet

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Hello Friends,
Wanted to talk to you guys today about one of our newer products that we’re super stoked about. You guys have heard me talk about sugar for 25 years. We’ve been doing research for over 25 growing seasons. You can increase your yields simply by using a pound of sugar per acre. At a test site in Northern Illinois 1 pt of Syntose FA increased yield by 8.55 BPA.
Syntose FA provides energy to stimulate microbial life in your soil & promotes healthy soil ecology. If you’re looking for a superior sugar product look no further than Syntose FA. It’s an all liquid product, which makes it easy to use. It’s very affordable, it’s about a $1 per acre. It’s low volume, you’ll use a pint of the product per application. After a fabulous year of field testing across the country, and being Beck’s PFR proven, we believe in this product more than ever. Want to know the coolest part? Not only is it a sugar, not only is it a liquid, not there’s an added bonus, it has fulvic acid in it! Fulvic acid is a natural chelating agent. It’s easily able to penetrate plant cells aiding nutrient uptake.
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“I have used sugar for several years, both in-furrow and foliar applications. I believe it hypes up the soil microbes to make everything work faster.” – Jerry Cox 25-time National NCGA Yield Contest Winner, Missouri
So if you’re interested in getting to the front of the line on getting this product ordered, give us a call at 641-919-1206. You can also hit us up with a comment here or on Facebook. We would love to assist you in getting ready as we launch off into 2019. It’s going to be a great year. We know that we’re going to be able to help you figure out how to make a few more bucks of profit per acre
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Do you want to..Increase yields, Make More Money Farming, Go faster?

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Good afternoon,  One of our favorite things about agriculture is we get to do what we love and every day is just another day to serve the good Lord the way we choose.

The other day I was listening to Ed Mylett’s podcast.  One of the things I like the most about him is his intensity.  I love what he had to say is his episode Dean Graziosi. And basically what he said was this, “Cut the Check.” If we want to go faster, why do we do things slow? Why do we do things that make it go slow?  If we want to improve our farming operation or expand our farming operation, or make more money so we can buy another farm, or maybe even bring our kids into the operation, why do we want to go slow?

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Let me ask you a question. If you hit your hand with a hammer and it hurts really bad, are you going to go ahead and hit it again? Sometimes we think, “Well, we hit our hand with the hammer but if we hit it a whole bunch of times really fast, it won’t hurt so much.” That’s not true.  It just hurts quicker and more painfully. We go out and we do a certain thing in farming and it doesn’t work and we think if we get a few more acres and we do a little more of it, of what’s not working, somehow it’ll give us a different result. Guys, that doesn’t work!

Sometimes we go walk through the wilderness in the dark with a blindfold on trying to figure out how to find our way, why? Why do we want to stumble through the dark? Why do we want to trip over tree roots?  Dean said in the podcast interview, he figured out that the best thing he ever did was cut the check for a GOOD training program.  He has paid thousands of dollars for training and it took years off of his arrival time to get to his destination of being more successful.


Here’s the deal guys, our two-day agronomy conferences are going to speed you up in getting where you want to go!  We personally provide you a 100% MONEY BACK GUARANTEE there are idea at our agronomy conference that is going to make you more money.

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If you would benefit from making an extra $15 an acre on EVERY acre of your farm just for going for two days, then let’s cut the check.  You can call me at 641-9191-206. Here’s what I know. Hitting our hand with a hammer is only going to make our hand hurt. And if we hit it again in 2019 it’s going to hurt some more. And if we hit it harder and hit it more times in 2020 it’s just going to hurt. But we can stop it. We don’t have to keep smacking our own hand. We don’t have to keep roaming through the jungle blind. We can help you do this.  Cut the check, spend the money, go to the training. All with a money back guarantee. No questions asked, guys.

Let’s do it! As always if this brought value to you we’d appreciate it if you’d share with your friends and family. Feel free drop your farming questions below.