Are PGR’s Worth It?

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Hello Everyone, Today we are sharing more research from Top End Farming on their farm in Northern Illinois.  2018 was a year full of changes and weather challenges but it was a great learning experience. 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.

Dan pulled soil tests in the fall of 2017 to see what was needed and at what rates. 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.

Today we are talking about two growth regulators. One being X-cyto and the other being a brand product new product Intensify. X-cyto is a liquid formula and has a soil and foliar version available. Intensify is a granule product recommended for in-furrow and foliar applications.

Intensify yielded 262.04bpa at a cost of $4/acre (out yielding check by 11.28 bpa)

Foliar Xcyto yielded 263.73bpa at a cost of $12.65/acre (out yielding check by 12.97 bpa)

Check Strip yielded 250.76bpa

The test strips had over a 40bpa difference

We also had two 12 row strips planted with the intention to harvest for corn silage to measure tonnage and feed value differences. While we were able to get analysis on the strips we weren’t able to have them chopped due to extreme rains, tar spot killing the plants off early, and time constraints from our custom chopping crew.

We used Soil X-cyto in furrow along with everything the soil test called for on our treated strip and also on our own production acres. Our production acres yielded 6ton/acre over 2017. The test strips had over a 40bpa difference when harvested which we’re sure would have made for a significant tonnage difference also.

Silage check strip: 198.43bpa       Silage X-cyto strip: 240.50bpa

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.

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  • 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.

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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.

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?

_If we want to go faster, why do we do things slow__

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.

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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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Why The Right K Matters (+A Free Gift for YOU)

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Hey, guys, today we are focusing on “Why the right K matters” and we have a FREE gift for you. There is lots of new data coming out that’s being done at the university level talking about the importance of Potassium.  The studies are showing how much more K new hybrids need.  How important it is to get K into the plant early. The one that stood out to me most focuses on the relationship between using Potassium Chloride and ability to uptake of Phosphorous.

As we know, each and every nutrient impacts lots of other nutrients.  There’s lots of University research conducted studying different kinds of potassium and how using those in different ways impact how much Phosphorus would go into the corn plant. The amount of reduction from using Potassium Chloride was VERY significant, feel free to text me (641-919-1206) if you’d like to know the exact amount.

Why would we want to use a product that’s in a form that will reduce the amount of Phosphorous we can get into the plant?  The more we use…the more we need. The more 0-0-60 we put on, the more 18-46-0, and the more N it takes to get the job done. And the problem just snow balls the next year, and the next year, and so on! We just keep needing more, and more, and more. When we use the wrong form of Potassium, we reduce the amount of Phosphorous we can shove into the plant. Why do we want to do that?

Too many people want to argue the laws of nature, and the laws of chemistry, and they want to say that any Potassium is okay. And quite simply it’s not. Every choice we make matters and it is very important that we get the right form of Potassium in the field, and especially if we’re using a starter fertilizer.  Your corn plant needs Phosphorous early. But it needs more Potassium in the first 50 days. Let’s make sure we’re providing each plant with what it needs when it needs it. Let’s make sure it’s in the form that helps the plant. Let’s make sure that it’s in the form that doesn’t suppress the amount of Phosphorous we can get into it. Let’s make sure our Potassium is helping us use our Phosphorous, helping us use our Nitrogen, not hindering us.

Need Potassium Early

Now, we have a free gift for you our friend Brad sent us an article that was written by a third-party fertilizer broker, (so he’d sell anything under the sun).  He talks more about why a certain form of Potassium is better than other forms. It is great information on what form will be most PROFITABLE for you.  So if you’d like to claim your FREE gift from us & receive this article comment here with your email and we will email it to you ASAP because we really appreciate you guys.

That being said, I hope you’re having a wonderful weekend. Talk soon!

How To Build Your Soil Levels for FREE

How To Build Your Soil Levels

Have you ever wondered how you could build your soil profile? How are you gonna build your levels? Or how to do it without breaking the bank? I’ll let you in on a little secret… the best way to build soil test levels is to leave behind the best possible residue. If we can force feed the nutrients into our plants & apply the nutrients that we’re most deficient in our levels will go up. If for instance you’re K deficient, what should we do? I highly recommend six gallon 2-15-19-3. And then go over 2×2 and a liquid potassium sulfate.  That’s how we force feed the plant.  Doing this leaves behind better residue that’s  has the nutrients that YOU need!  (In this instance higher in K levels) Doing things right helps your nutrients recycle quickly and become available for the crop much faster than in a broadcast application.

If we’re deficient in any nutrient than we need to fix it quickly. Let’s make sure every dollar we spend on nutrients gets into the plant. And then, what isn’t removed in the grain is left in the stover and helps in building our soils, year after year after year.

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Guys, you’ve heard me say it for years.  Life is not that difficult, figure out how things work and get on the right side of them.  Increasing your soil profiles will help your farm & it would be our honor to help you do just that.  Meet us at an upcoming Pro Ag and learn as much as we can so that we can figure out how it works, so that we can get on the right side of it, and make more money in 2019 and years to come.  Plain and simple.

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What micro-nutrient affects photosynthesis, chlorophyll, Nitrogen utilization, plant health, standability & more?

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Today we want to talk about Copper.  It’s a very necessary element and levels generally increase with the clay content in soils. Available Copper is associated with organic matter in mineral type soils.  Copper is contained in several important enzymes in plants. It is involved in not only photosynthesis but also chlorophyll. Therefore, it’s a part of the enzyme system. Copper is very important because if we shut those things down we end up with a plant not performing at optimum production.  It also helps increase the sugar content in the fruits and vegetables. (Which is an indicator of plant health) Want an added bonus? It will also help keep pests away, healthier plant will be less attacked by bugs, fungus, and bacteria.

Copper is the perfect example of how every nutrient impacts other nutrients; the idea of one nutrient being the key to success is simply not true.  Like I have said before, if our pickup has rust on it, we do not have a paint deficiency. Applying a lot of paint may cover the rust, but it doesn’t fix the problem.

Canadian studies have shown an interdependency between Copper and Manganese. Crops frequently do respond to Copper applications, especially in high organic matter soils. We want to make sure that our crops have Copper to get the enzyme systems going, it’s also important to remember that heavy Copper applications may result in a Manganese deficiency.  The addition of Manganese can actually release Copper helping the plant roots to absorb it. (So, in other words, if we have a Copper deficiency, it might be improved by the application of adequate Manganese.) This is why we have to do the soil tests and then do everything they call for. Since they impact each other, it’s crucial that when a test calls for a half a pint of copper and two pints of manganese, that we do both.
If we listen to Dr. Anderson as he talks out of The Anatomy of Life and Energy and Agriculture, he says that “Copper is the key to elasticity in a plant as well as mold control.” How do we improve standability? Well, anything that hurts plant health decreases standability. Two of the nutrients that would be heavily involved in plant health would be Potassium and Copper. We want a plant that will bend but not break and elasticity is key to that.  If we listen to Neal Kinsey, in Hands On Agronomy, he states how Nitrogen affects Copper. Excessive amounts of N will tie up Copper. Copper is what confers stock strength to the plant. That’s why a field that gets Nitrogen in the proper amount will look very different from one that gets too much N. Combined with that, a lack of copper, and a deficiency of K makes stocks unhealthy. Pay attention to that. There’s a relationship between the over use of N and the availability of getting Copper into that plant. Everything works together.
From the Soil Up, Don Schriefer mentions how we have set the soil level standards for Copper between 2 and 3 parts per million. Soil test levels throughout the Midwest are generally showing less than 2 parts per million. Tissue tests are often reflecting the lower soil values and the trend is the same in the corn and small grains.

Often times in agriculture, we get told a pound is a pound the world around, which quite frankly isn’t true. If a pound is a pound the world around, why would we not just take pennies and sling them in our corn field? Because, it would take years and years for them to break down to even think about getting in a form the corn plant can use.  This is why I’m not a fan of dry copper sulfate…there are six million, two hundred and some thousand square inches in an acre of ground. If we go out and spread four pounds of anything, what are the odds of that corn plant finding it? Slim.  So what the better alternative? Chelated Copper in the seed trench in the proper amount that because your corn plant is going to find it because it’s right where it needs it.

So to wrap things up, If you’re Copper deficient..

  • Photosynthesis and chlorophyll are being slowed
  • You’re more likely to be attacked by bugs, fungus, and bacteria
  • It might be improved by the application of adequate Manganese
  • Your Nitrogen utilization could be negatively impacted
  • Your plant health and standability is being decreased

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Let’s fix your Copper deficiency in 2019 because it will be a big bang for your buck is. We would be honored to help you do that. Feel free to comment here or text/call 641-919-1206.