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.

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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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.

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.

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5 Reason Why Your Starter Fertilizer Didn’t Work

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Happy Snowy Sunday from Iowa.  This afternoon we want to talk about starter fertilizer.  Specifically, those of you who tried it once and weren’t satisfied.  Today we’re going talk about 5 reasons why “it didn’t work”.

Option 1) You actually used a really good starter fertilizer (it was orthophosphate) and it worked exactly like it was supposed to.  It got a lot of Phosphorous in the plant. So, what could the problem be?  You already had high Phosphorus levels and maybe you already were a little bit low on zinc. This created a problem.  When you shoved that extra Phosphorus into the plant, it created an imbalance and cut your yields. If you’re wondering if that’s possible the answer is without a doubt YES! We have seen it happen. That’s why we recommend a full system and based off of a soil test. We can’t just throw darts at a board.

Option 2) Low quality fertilizer. Once upon a time there used to be a tractor called an Allis Chalmers XT 190. And the XT 190 was actually not a really great tractor because the rear end on it was fundamentally about the same rear end they used in a WD. Therefore, if you bought an Allis Chalmers XT 190, and it blew up, it gave you a lot of trouble. Did that mean that all tractors were terrible? Did that mean that tractors don’t work? No. It meant that we bought the wrong tractor. If we buy starter fertilizer and it doesn’t work, does that mean that all starter fertilizer doesn’t work? Absolutely not. It meant we bought the wrong starter fertilizer.

Option 3) A polyphosphate starter. This starter fertilizer takes a really long time to break down.  Therefore, we don’t get the Phosphorous in the plant like we need. (Even if we apply the right amount of Zinc.)

Option 4) The cost cutter.  Maybe you were told you could save a little money by using some potassium chloride instead of using potassium hydroxide.  Why does this cut yields and profit?  The salt index goes up, the germination goes down, and the bottom line is we are probably losing between  4-000 – 8,000 plants per acre when we do that.  Which makes us lose yield.  On the surface it looks like starter fertilizer didn’t work but in reality we just made a costly choice in an effort to save money.

Option 5) The starter fertilizer wasn’t pure.  Maybe it had phosacid with things like cadmium (a known carcinogen)  Other things that are common in impure starter is mercury and lead. Cadmium (and other heavy metals) in our fertilizer should be non-detectable. If you run a fertilizer analysis that shows any cadmium at all then you’re hurting seed germination bad!  The range in severity runs from destroying the germ (& possibly killing the plants,) to at the very least delaying the germination by several days.  In addition it disrupts cell division, making cell walls implode and they’re not dividing and dividing and growing, slowing down early plant growth. This puts the plant at a HUGE disadvantage from the very beginning and puts the plant way behind.


Here are just 5 of the reason starter might not of preformed like it should have.  If you’d like to learn more about what starter provides a positive yield increase as well as return on investment then let’s chat.   If you have a question about starter fertilizer, something you’re not sure of, if you’re thinking “Hey, what happened here?” Or “What do you think about this?” We’re happy to provide you much needed answers to the best of our abilities. Simply comment here and we will be happy to help!

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Let’s Take A Different Look at N Before Spring

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Hello, ladies and gentlemen. We’ve been doing a lot of thinking about everything that came with 2018. Drought, flooding, wind. You name it, somewhere had it last year. Harvest 2018 is not over in a lot of areas, and God bless the people who are still out trying to get done.
We’ve had incredible temperature swings this winter. Monday it was 51 degrees here in Southeast Iowa and today there’s 5 inches of snow on the ground, on top of MUD. Needless to say it’s a mess. Guys are trying to finish up “fall” work which is just crazy. This has got me thinking… What does spring look like? By now, if you have watched our LIVES, you know that I am not a fan of anhydrous. But today I want to take a more realistic approach and talk about what spring looks like.
Lots of farmers did a lot of tearing up during harvest. There are ruts everywhere that didn’t get worked in. Lots of farmers have nothing fall applied. (Which is not necessarily a bad thing) and that’s very unusual. There are a lot of people feeling a whole lot of urgency around how to get everything done.
One of the local dealerships around here is calling up ex-employees and making serious offers to try and get them to come back. Why? Because they’re trying to build staff to a point that they can get a lot done when it’s time to go this spring. They know that the work that should’ve been done last fall didn’t happen, and now they’re trying to make up for it.  To add to that we all have to deal with electronic logs and the trucks aren’t getting the stuff where it needs to be. So, here’s my question to you. How do you think that they’re going to get all that NH3 from the pickup point to the dealer, and then how’s the dealer going to get it to the dirt? I don’t see enough hours in the day. How are they going to get that 18-46-0 or that 11-52-0 and 0-0-60, another thing I’m not a fan of, or that potassium sulfate (much bigger fan.) Regardless of what you’re using, how will you get it from the terminal to the dirt? Because we’re way behind.
So, let’s take a different look. I had a guy call this week and opened his account for one reason. He said, “Rod, I’ve used anhydrous my whole life, but it’s time to make a change.” Adam wants to take a different look. He is joining us at Pro Ag in Kearney on Monday and Tuesday to learn how he can get away from it, because he don’t see any way to get it on this spring.
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We are going to help Adam use his current budget for Nitrogen and spend it smarter. We’ll start with buying $9 worth of dicyandiamide in the form of Guardian-L, which has an average ROI of $3 for every $1 invested. Then we’re going to take the dollars that are left for our Nitrogen budget, and we’re going to apply 32 with Ammonium thiosulfate. If you’d like to know the ratio we mix the 32 and ammonium thiosulfate let us know.
You can broadcast it with chemicals and incorporate it. You can strip it on and roll it in with a cultivator. There’s a host of other options we’ll work through with you. We are happy to help nail down the specifics down the road. Today, I just want you to take a different look. You don’t have to do it the same way you’ve been doing it for 5 years, 20 years, shoot maybe even 50 years.
I’ve been told in Chinese the word that means crisis also can be translated into opportunity. So if you’re on the verge of crisis, not knowing how you’re going to get N applied. Maybe THIS is YOUR opportunity to figure out how to do it differently and find a better way. If you’re open to new ideas and wanting to figure out a better way drop us a comment or call 641-919-1206.
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South Bend, Indiana on Thursday and Friday has only a handful of seats left as well.
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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.

Cut Down Your Drying Time for Hay


We are COUNTING THE DAYS until we can start mowing hay!  It’s like therapy you don’t have to pay for if you ask me.  So today, we’re going to talk about how can we shorten the time between when we cut hay and bale it.  As an added bonus we’ll also touch on how we can produce a better quality forage.

We mow with a John Deere moco on our farm.  In the process of putting up hay, some years are exceedingly challenging, from a drying time standpoint. Plus for us time is always of the essence.  Therefor, it becomes really important to have as short a window between cutting and baling. The other thing we focus on is leaf retention; because leaf retention is where we get a lot of the protein and a lot of the feed value. Our main goal is to maintain as much forage as we can, leaving nothing behind in the field; and yet, keeping it in a way that it will stay good throughout the winter.

What we’re doing is as we’re cutting, we’re spraying Pro-Serve at the rate of a gallon per 100 ton of forage. Now, we also use Wex to speed up the drying as well which goes on at the rate of one quart for every 25 gallon of water. Our applicator tank is set up with a 12-volt pump. There’s a switch with a pressure gauge and a control toggle in the cab so we can control how much Proserve & Wex we’re putting on. The low-volume electric pump works great. We have four nozzles strung across the moco.  They’re evenly spaced on our 14 foot cutter bar.

This is INCREDIBLY easy to do and costs less than $2.00 per ton at factory-direct pricing, so it’s very inexpensive.  We’re very pleased with the results we see year in and year out. The best part about using this system is we typically cut our drying time by at least one full day. Where other people may mow on Tuesday and not be able to bale until Thursday or Friday; we start mowing on a Tuesday morning and bale Wednesday afternoon. As we come in and we do that, if there’s a rain coming, we can get by on a shorter window, which has saved us a lot of headaches.

Another benefit of this is we typically bale somewhere in the 18% moisture range. Baling at 18% moisture allows us to hang on to a whole bunch of leaf.  If we can keep those leaves on the bale, we end up with more tonnage. We also end up with more protein. We’ll end up with more feed value.

I hope that you find this information beneficial and as always feel free to message us on Facebook, or give Rod a call at 641-919-1206.