Sharpen The Axe: The Pan Test Process

It has been a challenging spring. Just as we think we’re entering the thick of busy season, moisture arrives and prevents us from getting anything done on local land.  

There is still plenty to do at our ag centers, whether we can get into a field, or not.

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Abraham Lincoln said,

“Give me six hours to chop down a tree

and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” 

The first four hours: That’s where we’ve been over the last two months, as a cooperative awaiting a change in season. So we’ve taken advantage of that time to do things like pan testing our machines so we’re prepared to run on all cylinders when we finally can. Pan testing, you ask?

Our Central Ohio Ag crew recently worked together to pan test machines for spring fieldwork. Pan testing is a process used to calibrate the spread pattern of a fertilizer applicator. Watch the video to see how the machines cross over the pans set at regular positions across the spread pattern, allowing us to evaluate how even the spread pattern is. We can then make adjustments to our machines to ensure our customers are getting the highest quality application every time.

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This is one more way we work to provide the best, most accurate service for our farmer-members. We wish you a safe planting season.

 

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Early Season Fungicide Success and Response to Sulfur

Increased pressure in diseased corn isn’t going away. Sara Nave from our Lena Ag Center, grower Richard Bodey and Agronomist Steve Dlugosz worked together in 2018 to develop and run a box trial that yielded really interesting – and telling – results regarding early season fungicide application and also response to sulfur. Bodey confirms that the treated side had greater plant stamina and standability.

So, how important is sulfur in the production of corn and soybeans? This week we invite you to watch the video below to find out!

 

Actual Trial Results:

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Your YieldPro Specialist is ready to visit with you about your options for the 2019 crop. Contact them today to get a plan in place for success this season!

 

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Building a Cathedral​

Harvest Land has an internal monthly newsletter called theLINK. TheLINK was created in 2014 in an effort to bridge the gap between our agronomy, energy, feed, and grain Company Newsletter May 2019_Page_1marketing businesses, highlight employees and share good news across our entire cooperative. The newsletter comes out on the last day of each month so that we’re able to kick off a new month with positive insight about our employer. Employees do a great job of sending in content to be used in theLINK so their co-workers can be recognized for a job well done.

In this monthly communication, our CEO writes a message to the entire employee base. Usually, he writes about an area where employees have contributed to the improvement of our cooperative in a special way or shares business insight that employees may not see otherwise.

 

We found this month’s Message from Scott

worth passing on to our Trust & Traction readers:

 

Have I ever told you the story of the three bricklayers?

A traveler came upon three men working. He asked the first man what he was doing.

The first man answered gruffly, ‘I’m laying bricks.’

The second man replied, ‘I’m putting up a wall.’

But the third man said enthusiastically and with pride, ‘I’m building a cathedral.’

They were all doing the same thing. The first man had a job. The second man had a career. The third man had a purpose.

There are countless positions held by our 300+ employees, and within a day, a single person can manage multiple tasks within their position. Every act that you contribute on our behalf matters. Whether you’re keeping organized records of fuel deliveries within the cab of your truck, paying our operational bills so that we keep the lights on, cleaning out the warehouse so we ensure critters are at a minimum or coordinating the delivery of a product to a farmer who is anxious about the season ahead: Your job at Harvest Land serves great purpose.

It is easy to get lost in the day-to-day immediate tasks. Those are the things that must be done now, or else. But let’s not lose sight of the value of the work. We may be laying bricks every day – come (excessive) rain, snow, or shine – but if we can envision the end result and go through our days with intention, our daily work becomes much more meaningful.

Today and always, I thank you for your work, brick by brick.

 

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This week we’ll leave you with this thought:

Are you viewing your day-to-day work as laying bricks or building a cathedral? If you make a daily effort to find value in even the smallest of tasks you’re taking on, your sense of purpose will become much greater. And living with purpose – if even in your 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM job – will offer you much more fulfillment than simply laying bricks.

We invite you to join our team in finding ways to value the work you do with a strong and stable vision of the end result.

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Empowering Youth: Hancock County Farm Bureau 4-H Safety Day

Harvest Land believes that 4‑H empowers young people to be true leaders with confidence, the ability to work well with others, can endure through challenges, and will stick with a job until it gets done. In 4‑H, we believe true leaders aren’t born – they’re grown. 4-H also teaches our youth leadership skills and responsibility that they will use for a lifetime.

Harvest Land is proud to be a part of educating our youth in all corners of our trade territory. We recently participated in the Hancock County Farm Bureau 4-H Safety Day, sponsored by Farm Bureau at the Hancock County 4-H Fairgrounds.

Presenters for the day included:

  • Harvest Land, presented by Julie Lamberson
  • Hancock County Sheriff’s Dept
  • 911 Dispatch
  • Proper Food Handling
  • Koening Implements
  • Greenfield Fire Dept
  • Indiana DNR

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Harvest Land employee Vickie Ramsey is the leader of Country Kritters 4-H Club, and has been a 4-H leader in Hancock county for 16 years! She was there with “her kids” for a day of education and leadership building. We admire Vickie’s dedication to empowering Hancock County youth to be the best they can be.

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We’re proud to be invited to this kind of event, and also have strong represntation from our employee base. 

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Many thanks to Dawn Wallace and Julie Lamberson for supplying these photos.

 

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Setting Priorities in a Compressed Season

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A challenging fall, which wasn’t ideal for applying a fall burn down, has set us up for an interesting spring ahead. Make sure you’re doing your tillage prior to making an application.

Simple Fact: You can’t stay clean if you don’t start clean.

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Watch as YieldPro Specialist Kyle Brooks visits with Glenn Longabaugh, Winfield United Regional Agronomist, regarding setting agronomic priorities in a compressed season. Glenn makes some excellent points about finding operational success this spring. 

Contact your YieldPro Specialist today to discuss

best practices for success in a season such as this. 

 

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Our Commitment to Propane Safety

Harvest Land delivers propane in eastern Indiana and western Ohio to keep homes, businesses, schools, and churches running. Propane has proven its versatility for heating homes, heating water, cooking, fueling gas fireplaces, lighting and heating outdoor living spaces, crop drying, greenhouse operations, irrigation and much more. It’s environmentally friendly and cost-effective.

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We operate with no hidden fees (such as delivery, environmental and membership). It’s as simple as that. We also have programs to fit your budget and lifestyle with contracts, tank programs, guaranteed pricing and more.

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Safety for our customers is our top priority. This is why each of our propane professionals are CETP trained and certified. This week we invite you to take a look inside our propane business and the careful steps we take to ensure your family is safe with Harvest Land Propane.

Energy Risk Management: Contracting Options

We know that what happens overseas affects your price at the pump, daily. Harvest Land can provide ways to help you plan and manage your fuel expenses, and these tools help take the guesswork out of the process.

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We offer two types of contracts to help you mitigate risk in the price of your liquid fuels: Flex Contracting and Fixed Contracting.

Watch the video below to join Meggie Foster, Energy Sales & Marketing Manager, and John Speer, Energy Manager, as they explain both contracts and how they can truly help your operation’s bottom line. 

 

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Two Join Team Through Dynamic Winfield United Internships​

This summer Harvest Land is excited to welcome two summer interns into roles that will offer them a dynamic in-field agricultural experience, WinFieldUnited_PMSstrengthen our partnership with Winfield United and allow us to better serve our farmer-members. This week we’d like to introduce you to the two outstanding college students that we’ll welcome this summer.

Garrett Lowes hails from Anderson, IN and will be our Sales and Operations Intern. He is studying Agribusiness Management at Purdue and will graduate in December. Garrett’s Garret Lowes-2role this summer will put him in the heart of ag center operations, affording him a full-circle look at Harvest Land. He’ll work with seed treatment processes, assist in the management and placement of and the data draw from the DTN Smart Traps, collaborate with our sales team to promote fungicide and insecticide with growers, conduct tissue tests with our YieldPro department, and also develop dynamic relationships with our ag sales team and agronomists during on-farm sales calls.

I am excited to gain a more well-rounded knowledge of Harvest Land and to develop long-lasting relations this summer while learning to better serve Harvest Land’s customer base. – Garrett Lowes

Levi Logue is from Liberty, Indiana and will be a sophomore at Purdue in the fall. Levi is a student in the Krannert School of Management where his major is General Management.  Levi’s internship will focus on digital marketing strategies and customer engagement. Much of his time will be focused on strategic conversations with customers to better understand their communication preferences, what information Levi Loguethey prefer to be delivered from the cooperative system and how timely information affects their buying and operational decisions. Levi will spend much of his time with our Communications Manager and YieldPro Sales Specialists to have these pertinent conversations, gather the data and finally, formulate a plan to move forward with successful customer engagement.

With this internship, I hope to gain valuable real-world experience within the agriculture industry, while also giving me the opportunity to get out of my comfort zone and learn about the different aspects of analysis. I anticipate this internship will give me insight to career opportunities in agriculture. – Levi Logue

We gladly welcome Garrett and Levi to the team and very much look forward to working with these two bright minds to provide them with an educational experience that will only advance their career goals.

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Managing High-Yield Soybeans

A few weeks ago we sat down with grower Gary Lawyer to discuss the success he had in managing high-yield soybeans in 2018. Gary offered insight into why he believes  2018 was his best year, yet.

  • Applying fungicide and insecticide worked tremendously for Lawyer and his plan is to follow the same protocol in 2019.
  • Timing is important: An extra trip later in the season to manage disease can truly pay.
  • “Get better before you get bigger, and this is the easiest way I’ve found to do that.” – Gary Lawyer

Click below to watch Agronomist Steve Dlugosz and YieldPro Specialist David Vansickle discuss the keys to success grower Gary Lawyer used in 2018 to manage high-yield soybeans, and the things he will do again in 2019. 

 

 

To back up this insight, below are yield numbers from the area we’re discussing:

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Contact your YieldPro Specialist to develop your plan for better performance today. Also, if you want to begin receiving our agronomic emails, you can visit https://www.harvestlandcoop.com/Agronomy and sign up at the bottom of the page.

 

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Spring Oil Sale Going On Now

Recent warmth in the air has us gearing up for spring. It won’t be long at all until machines are moving at break-neck pace to get a crop in the ground. We want you to be prepared. At a discount.

Harvest Land’s Spring Oil & Grease Sale is going on now, allowing you to stock up on the oils and greases you need to run this season, at a discounted rate.

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CountryMark Advantage™ Full Synthetic Heavy Duty Diesel Engine Oil is engineered for hard-working diesel engines. This unique formulation offers outstanding wear protection, oil consumption control and extended-drain technology. CountryMark Advantage™ Full Synthetic Heavy Duty Diesel Engine Oil is designed with advanced technology which extends oil drain intervals, improves soot control, provides faster lubrication during cold starts and maximizes total engine performance.

CountryMark Advantage™ Polyurea Grease lasts up to 50% longer than lithium greases. It has excellent water resistance and is an ideal grease for both chassis and bearings. This grease protects susceptible parts against rust and provides excellent resistance to oxidation. Learn more here.

To view the full product line card and see all that we offer from CountryMark, click here.

We invite you to you contact your EnergyPro Specialist or local ag center to learn more. This sale does end April 30!

 

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