Meet Sarah Griffin, Animal Nutrition Specialist

Our Kalmbach Feeds of Indiana team recently welcomed Sarah Griffin onboard as an Animal Nutrition Specialist. Sarah’s day-to-day responsibilities as Animal Nutrition Specialist will include meeting with existing clients to ensure the continued satisfaction with our company products and also finding ways to expand our current customer base. She will also meet with new clients to provide their farm with quality nutrition for their livestock.

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Masters of Art in Communication Studies with a focus on Organizational and Professional Communication Development from Ball State University.

Sarah grew up on a diversified livestock farm where she raised livestock for 4-H and as a supervised agriculture experience and proficiency for FFA. Throughout her time in 4-H and FFA, she competed in many dairy and livestock judging events which cultivated a deeper understanding and passion for the animal agriculture industry.

During her time at Purdue, she competed on the Dairy Farm Evaluation team where she had the opportunity to travel the Midwest evaluating dairy farms on their nutrition,  management, facilities and herd health. This experience left a lasting impression on her and has been extremely helpful in starting her new role for Kalmbach Feeds of Indiana.

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As an Animal Nutrition Specialist, Sarah represents our company in a unique way. Since she will be consistently meeting with new and existing clients, she will be the face of the company every day. Additionally, she will do more than simply sell feed; she will work with each farmer to provide a nutrition program that suites their individual livestock operation, which includes feed consumed, evaluation of herd health, and management practices.

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Harvest Land is very happy to welcome Sarah to the Kalmbach Feeds of Indiana team. Her industry knowledge paired with excellent communication skills makes her a perfect fit within our business. Welcome, Sarah!

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Managing Late Season Disease

Those not involved in agriculture, do not fear. The constant zipping around of helicopters in your area have nothing to do with Russia or an illegal substance. But rather, protection of a crop.

Harvest Land agronomist Steve Dlugosz joins us from the field this week to discuss the benefits of late season fungicide application. We caught up with Steve at our Pershing Answer Plot in Wayne County to talk about the application:

As always, contact your YieldPro Specialist for additional insight. We’re here to help preserve the potential of every acre you farm.

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Eyes in the Field: Japanese Beetles

We’re seeing a huge resurgence of Japanese beetles in the fields this summer, despite the populations being fairly low in most recent years. Japanese beetles are general defoliators. The good news is they tend to feed on a single leaf, and stay on that leaf.

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As you can see here, they’ve fed on those top leaves, but the leaves around it remain untouched:

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We don’t evaluate defoliation based on a particular leaf, but rather whole plant defoliation. So even though these photos – taken in Wayne County – look really terrible, the loss is fairly minimal.

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Japanese beetles give off a pheromone, which attracts other beetles in. Many times, you can notice a few feeding, but by the end of the day you’ll have massive amounts of beetles feeding on areas of the field.

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The damage from Japanese beetles will typically be fairly localized. We’ve seen farmers hang a boom over the edge of the concentrated area and take care of it that way. There may be, however, such concentrations that farmers will be more inclined to spray the whole field, especially if they’re going to apply a fungicide soon. We recommend adding another insecticide such as Delta Gold® and taking care of them that way.

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As always, your YieldPro Specialist is available to answer all of your questions. We encourage you to reach out to them if you have any concerns.

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Photo Friday: 2018 Fueling Freedom

A week ago today we participated in Fueling Freedom, where for every gallon of fuel purchased at our Elwood, Fountaintown, Greenfield, Greenville and Oxford stations last Friday from noon to 5:00 PM, CountryMark and Harvest Land donated 50 cents to local National Guard Family Readiness Groups. 

While Americans may support our troops in many ways, families waiting back home can often be overlooked. This program supports this less-recognized group and Harvest Land is glad to be a part of it. 

Every Harvest Land location increased their fuel gallons from 2017, with the exception of the KDS Express station in Oxford, only because they didn’t participate in 2017:

Elwood increased gallons by 2,567

Fountaintown increased gallons by 1,054

Greenfield increased gallons by 414

Greenville increased gallons by 131

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Today’s Photo Friday provides a look at the event, with photos from all over our territory:

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Thank you to everyone who stopped by and fueled up cars, semis, lawn mowers, gas cans and more! We appreciate the support very much.

 

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Crop Progress Report

This week we gained this awesome resource from our partners at Winfield regarding the 2018 crop report. We’d like to share this insight with you. It offers crop update to this point in the season, but also a comparative look at 2018 to previous years.

If you have questions or want to make an in-season decision at your operation, don’t hesitate to contact your YieldPro Specialist.

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Benefits of Early Season Fungicide Application

Disease can threaten corn production throughout the season, from common diseases that affect leaves, stalks and roots.

This week, Harvest Land agronomist Steve Dlugosz takes a look at the benefits of early season fungicide application and shares the results of a field box trial done last season that yielded some interesting results. Take a look:

Infection by stalk rot organisms can occur early in the season, but visual symptoms may not appear until grain fill. Stalk rots can cause significant yield loss when the disease causes plants to deteriorate prematurely, resulting in poor ear fill or light test weight grain. Lodging can be a problem and everyone hates running down corn!

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So how can you manage these problems? What can you do to protect your crop from disease? Best management practices can help. Ask yourself these four questions:

Which disease(s) is it?

Many Corn diseases are caused by fungi, especially gray leaf spotand northern corn leaf blightsouthern corn leaf blight.  Also most of the ears rots which were a big problem a few seasons ago.

An increasing concern is southern rust which is carried by wind-borne fungal spores and commonly affect seed corn and sweet corn. Timely fungicide applications can help control these diseases.

What hybrids are a concern?

Current hybrids vary greatly in their resistant to many diseases.  Know the strength and weaknesses of the hybrids you have planted. Talk to your YieldPro Specialist if you don’t know.

How do my current cultural practices affect disease?

Because several disease organisms survive in infected residue from crop to crop, there are several cultural practices that can help break this cycle and diminish disease pressure. For example:

  • Crop rotation allows surface corn residue to break down, reducing bacteria and fungal inoculum.
  • Incorporating corn residue into the soil can further reduce the disease pressure the following season.
  • Good weed control removes disease hosts.

When should I use a fungicide?

A fungicide decision is a matter of evaluating the risk actors that drive disease development, including the hybrids you planted, rotation, disease history, and current and future weather patterns.

Timely foliar fungicide applications are a tool that can help protect corn plants from fungal YieldPro_4Cinfections throughout the season. Your YieldPro Specialist can help when making these decisions.

Applying fungicides with multiple modes of action, such as Delaro™ and Stratego® YLD can help minimize the potential for fungicide resistance, which can occur when heavy reliance is placed on controlling diseases with one chemical class.

Contact your YieldPro Specialist today to get the most out of your yield in 2018. We’re always here to help.

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2018 Scholarship Recipients Announced

Harvest Land Co-op recently awarded 17 scholarships to 2018 high school graduates throughout their trade area, with combined money awarded totaling $17,000.

Harvest Land is a proud supporter of agriculture and young farmer programs,  such as 4-H and FFA, throughout the area. In addition to those opportunities, Harvest Land awards scholarships to young men or women who are pursuing post-high school agricultural degrees. Students from Harvest Land’s three districts within their trade market are chosen annually. Harvest Land also recognizes employees’ children who are graduating and pursuing post-high school education.

The 2018 winners are:

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Recipients of this award are chosen based on need, leadership, community service, agricultural interest and scholastics.

It is easy to turn on the news and feel deflated or pessimistic about the future of our great country. But if you want to turn your perspective around, just read through a few of these students’ scholarship applications and your insight will change. These young people are destined to go on and do great things because they have the work ethic, determination, skill set and discipline to do so.

We very much look forward to tracking their progress in the years ahead, and wish them the absolute best as they begin this next exciting chapter.

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Photo Friday: Early Season Snapshots

Before remnants of Hurricane Alberto moved through our area earlier this week (some growers got an inch of rain, others only received sprinkles) we got out in the field and snapped a few shots of our agronomy team going about their early season work. Fields are planted, but now we think about early season fungicide application.

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Harvest Land = Honest Ag

We don’t know the last time we saw men shake hands in a farm field, and we can guarantee there was no photographer there to capture the moment in perfect sunlight.

We can recall, however, the early mornings, long days and late nights we’re working with you to get seed in the ground, crop protection in the right place and applied at the right time. We’ve been running on all cylinders right there with you this spring.

This Friday, we simply want to share our latest video with you, reminding you that we’re not here to blow sunshine up your silo, we’re here to do what’s best for your operation.

Contact your local YieldPro Specialist for all your agronomy needs this season.

 

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