Does fall burndown replace a spring herbicide application?
Take care of winter annuals in the fall, when they’re at their most susceptible time in the life cycle. This eliminates residue in the field, allowing your fields to dry out quicker, getting you in the field sooner in spring 2021.
Do you know what pests lay eggs in winter annual foliage? These larvae go on to chew on emerging crop as it grows.
It is so important to kill driver weeds, such as marestail, in the fall while they’re in the rosette stage so you don’t have to double spray them to achieve control in the spring.
Watch as Mike Shrack, YieldPro Specialist, visits with Drake Copeland, FMC Technical Service Manager, about the agronomic and efficiency benefits of a fall burndown.
YieldPro is so much more than a soil sampling service.
We believe in allocating scarce resources through the 4 Rs:
Right fertilizer source at the Right rate, at the Right time and in the Right place
Properly managed fertilizers support cropping systems that provide economic, social and environmental benefits. On the other hand, poorly managed nutrient applications can decrease profitability and increase nutrient losses, potentially degrading water and air.
Yield data coupled with soil analysis pack a powerful punch when it comes to recommendations for your individual fields.
Watch as Seth Lawyer, YieldPro Specialist, visits with Curt Naylor, YieldPro manager, about the reasons why the YieldPro program is valuable as ever.
Let’s Talk Harvest Loss and Prioritizing Harvest 2020
NOW is the time to prioritize fields and look for signs and symptomologies arising.
Physoderma has the ability to reduce stalk integrity – do you know how to identify it? Yellowing up the mid-rib often leads to crown rot – take a look at the symptoms in this short video.
A push test is an easy way to prioritize fields – don’t just harvest in the order you planted.
Here’s a question: What’s the economic threshold of what is coming out the back of your combine?
Take less than 8 minutes to learn more about prioritizing fields during Harvest 2020, harvest loss and strategies for harvest success in corn and soybeans. Glenn Longabaugh, Winfield United Regional Agronomist, and Mark Richey, YieldPro Specialist, visit more here:
The purpose of the Answer Plot is to help growers make sound choices by reviewing varieties and hybrids in-season. We encourage you to walk fields now to get a real-time view of issues and success.
Harvest Land has yield competitive programs available through our Harvest Elite and Harvest Strong programs that provide proof through data…take a look at the numbers below!
Lastly, we invite you to look into our many financing options that are available to you. Don’t miss the window to maximize your investment.
In under six minutes, you can learn about financing programs, getting to the field now to make valuable decisions and competitive programs that could land you on a beach. Watch as Brandon Lovett, Seed Manager, and Denver Norris, YieldPro Specialist, talk more:
The Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce recently called the office and asked Harvest Land to appear on their weekly Chamber Chat series, which highlights upcoming community events and businesses. Typically, we’d go to a small TV studio on the campus of IU East to do this interview, but because of COVID-19, this was done virtually through Zoom.
During the interview, we were able to give a general overview of our cooperative business, discuss how we handled the COVID-19 pandemic, and also how the pandemic will go on to affect us down the road. There is so much to consider daily as we navigate today to prepare for the future in this changing world.
“Wow. Every time I talk to someone from Harvest Land, I learn something new about what you’re doing and who you’re serving, and it seems like that number just continues to grow,” responded Roxie Deer, Director of Professional Development.
While there are many pressing things that cover our desks, truck dashes, and to-do lists at work, we think it is still important to answer these calls in order to tell our story. Not only because of our rich history in countless small communities in Ohio and Indiana, but also because we have a lot to offer.
We kept construction projects running by fueling machines when other areas of the country shut down. We hired more than 70 employees when other businesses laid people off during COVID-19. We continued to make huge contributions to fire departments with grain rescue tubes to ensure they’re prepared to serve communities. Our work doesn’t slow down and we’re quite fortunate to employ more than 300 people who have never let their foot off the gas since March.
This week we invite you to watch the interview, now on YouTube. The first part talks about the approaching Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce Farm Tour. We’re proud to sponsor this annual event which is organized to educate the general public on all areas of agriculture. It will be held at The Barn at Helm on August 27 (REGISTER HERE!)
If you fast forward to 12:20 you can watch our interview and learn even more about our evolving business climate.
Indiana-based agricultural cooperatives Co-Alliance, LLP and Harvest Land Cooperative announced on Thursday an agreement to pursue a merger.
“This merger will offer exceptional opportunities to our farmer-owners in Indiana, Ohio, Michigan and Illinois. The expanded resources, more robust product line and extension of quality service will extend beyond what the two co-ops could offer individually. Together, we anticipate great success in cultivating opportunities for our members through this historic merger with the Co-Alliance team,” said Scott Logue, CEO of Harvest Land.
The merger would bring efficiencies to the agronomy, energy, grain, swine, and animal nutrition services of each company and is representative of the importance of scale in the cooperative model serving local farmers. “The opportunity to merge with Harvest Land brings both companies a chance to enhance their customer experience and meet the growing demands of the ever-changing agriculture industry. We are excited to bring this powerful combination to our grower members,” added Kevin Still, CEO of Co-Alliance.
Due diligence will begin in the coming months with hope to complete the merger in 2021.
Co-Alliance and Harvest Land are already partnered on United Agronomy Services, LLP, a full-service agronomy retailer in Summitville, Indiana. This location is consistently a top performer for both parent companies.
Harvest Land Co-op is a local, farmer-owned cooperative, providing innovative agronomic and energy services in east central Indiana and southwest Ohio. Originally organized in the late 1920’s, they continue to specialize in providing farmers with the products and strategic opportunities they need to operate effectively and profitably. Their business is focused around four key areas for their members: agronomy, energy, grain and feed. Harvest Land works diligently to reduce risk for the sole operator, whether that be through fuel or propane contracting, grain marketing insight, crop protection products or providing a balanced diet for livestock.
Co-Alliance LLP is a member-owned supply and marketing operation delivering innovative solutions for farmer-members and customers across Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, and Illinois specializing in agronomy, propane, fuels, grain, seed, hog production and feed. The customer-focused company strives to fulfill its collective mission to lead with people and technology, grow profitably, give back locally, and remember it is a cooperative.
This week Harvest Land donated a grain rescue tube to Gratis Fire Department, located in southern Preble County, Ohio.
The grain tube will be added to their rescue equipment, while a grant is in the works to get a grain vac to help remove grain from a person trapped inside a bin.
Lt. Bryan Bowling stated, “We hope we never have to use it, except during training exercises, but we are very grateful to receive this. Prior to the donation, the closest one was in Gasper Township, over 15 minutes away.”
The Gratis Fire Department is an all-volunteer fire department, consisting of 45 volunteers from the local area. Within the fire department’s jurisdiction, there are approximately 50 grain bins, either privately owned or small businesses, with more grain storage being added.
To date, Harvest Land has donated nine grain rescue tubes and three rope rescue kits throughout our trade territory as part of our ongoing commitment to Cultivate Communities.
All of Harvest Land’s grain locations have at least one magnet somewhere within the system. These magnets serve many purposes and they all include aspects of quality control. Harvest Land provides grain to locations such as Hills Pet Food and Provimi, who require us to have magnets to ensure the safety of their products for their consumers.
Magnets also collect any pieces of metal (both large and small) that come through the grain dump. Trapping this metal before it runs through the whole system prevents things from being torn up from the sharp edges. It also prevents the pieces from entering the bins, where our employees could potentially hurt themselves during the bin clean out process.
These magnets are tested annually to make sure they pass the “pull test,” and are cleaned at least twice a year.
Harvest Land is committed to providing quality products to supply the food chain, whether that be for pets or humans, and magnets help us tremendously with such a mission.
Harvest Land Co-op recently learned of a lack of grain entrapment rescue equipment in the area, and on Monday, July 13 we met that need with a donation of a grain rescue tube to the Richmond Fire Department.
Total grain engulfment takes a mere twenty seconds. Grain rescue tubes are designed for trench entrapment as well as grain rescue and extraction. The panels of the tube can be reversed to allow first responders to make a wall or a tube from the panels. The sleek finish allows the panels to slide easily into grain, removing the grain from around the victim to relieve pressure as quickly as possible.
There are more than 700 active farms in Wayne county according to the 2017 US Agriculture Census. While there are no farms in downtown Richmond, the Richmond Fire Department has the largest ladder trucks in the county, a trained rope rescue squad and often serves as a mutual aid department to rural fire departments.
In each local community, city and rural fire departments work together to respond with mutual aid. Each department cannot financially afford to be equipped for grain rescue, rope rescue kits, large ladder trucks, and beyond, so within a county, more than one department will respond and assist other departments with equipment and personnel as needed.
To date, Harvest Land has donated seven grain rescue tubes and three rope rescue kits throughout their trade territory, which stretches from Indianapolis east to Dayton, OH and Fort Wayne south to Cincinnati.
“Harvest Land is committed to safety and ensuring that our first responders are equipped with the tools necessary to save a life if they get called out to a grain entrapment,” remarked Scott Logue, Harvest Land CEO. “Through education and training in many communities, we hope we can encourage local farmers to pause and recognize the many potential hazards of the agriculture profession and plan their work safely. When a grain entrapment call goes out in a community, someone’s parent, child, spouse or grandparent is in immediate and great danger.”
Grain entrapment deaths are preventable. In a 12-month period, two adult men and a child were lost due to grain entrapment in Harvest Land’s trade territory. As a company, we are committed to hosting trainings for fire departments, 4-H groups, and local FFA chapters through our cultivating communities initiative. Our Risk Management team has hosted six grain safety and rescue trainings at our facilities for first responders. In 2019 Harvest Land trained 19 fire departments in the area of grain safety and rescue. Through those trainings, more than 160 first responders were educated and trained properly for grain entrapment in rural communities.
Andrew Buckler, RFD and Chris O’Neil, RFD Assistant Chief were both present during the donation. “Thank you very much, said Buckler, “We hope we never have use this, but we’re very thankful to have it,”
The donated grain rescue tubes are built in Plain City, Ohio by Gingway Products, Inc., a small welding and fabrication business that saw a need to help the agriculture community.