Spring Soil Sampling

Is it possible to transition your fall soil sampling to the spring? Of course! And there are many advantages in doing so, including:

  • Avoid the fall rush
  • Receive information back in plenty of time to work with YieldPro specialist throughout the summer to make a sound plan moving forward
  • Consistent soil conditions in the spring, compared to following a dry summer
  • And more!

Tune in to hear agronomist Steve Dlugosz and YieldPro Specialist Roger Boyd discuss the merits of spring soil sampling.

 

 

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2019 Harvest Elite Winners & Results

We recently held our 2019 Harvest Elite banquet where participating growers shared a meal and then learned just who won the yield contest for 2019.

Harvest Elite, you ask? Take a look at this dynamic (and competitive!) program:

The 2019 winners will soon set out on an all-inclusive trip to Cancun!

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We say CONGRATULATIONS to the winners pictured below

They made big decisions in 2019 and yielded success for their family farm.

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Note names and winning bushels on the banners.

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Are you interested in becoming a part of the Harvest Elite group?

Contact your YieldPro Specialist to learn more about the program’s many benefits!

 

Nitrogen Management in Corn

Cost, goals, application rate, timing and stabilizers are all considerations when working to ensure nitrogen levels in your corn are where they need to be.

Harvest Land can serve you at many different capacities depending on your operation and goals.

This week we invite you to watch this brief video to hear Todd Overmyer, Central Crops Manager, and Steve Dlugosz, agronomist, discuss what is available to you to stabilize nitrogen in your corn crop.

 

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2020 Winter YieldPro Crops Forums

“Do you know the best part about 2019?” a farmer-member asked us last week.

“It’s almost over.” he continued.

We appreciate his perspective.

Our hope is that 2020 offers you more reasons for optimism.  You have many places to be this winter, but we hope you’ll join us for one of these meetings.

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Please RSVP to your local YieldPro Specialist!

 

 

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When It Rains During Harvest

Some common consumers are quite concerned about Trick-or-Treat being rescheduled due to the weather. But the forecast that has loomed all week for our trade territory does nothing for the spirit of the farmer who just wants to finish harvest.

Too much rain in the spring means delayed planting. Too little rain in the summer means a choking drought. So what does rain during harvest mean?

Navigating Mud – When it rains during harvest, the obvious problem becomes mud. Combines, semi trucks, tractors and wagons all need to be able to get in and out of fields to harvest and transport the crop. Though they’re each large, powerful machines, they simply aren’t built to operate in the mud, especially when they’re loaded full of grain. Farmers don’t want to get their equipment stuck, and they certainly don’t want to learn what it would take to get them un-stuck!

Increased Propane Usage for Grain Drying – The 2019 crop was planted so late (especially for the northern end of our territory), that we’re facing a barely matured crop, resulting in areas with 30% moisture. Corn dries naturally when it is still alive and 17-snow-harvest_0growing, but with the quick decline in temperature and frost, it’s growing days are over. That means the moisture must be removed mechanically.  Farmers dry grain to prevent any loss of their crop and to ensure they get the best price when marketing it. Most
farmers have access to grain dryers on their farm. By putting the corn through these grain dryers they can dry the grain to the desired moisture level. A large majority of grain dryers are powered by propane, and that’s another input cost for the farmer.

Detriment to Grain Quality – It is difficult to maintain grain quality when you harvest maize_grain_01_0wet grain. Moving the kernels through the combine can easily result in damaged and
cracked grain. Additionally, a farmer would go on to spend the money to mechanically dry it, overall lowering the grain quality. This affects the price they get when selling their grain because damages result in discounts.

Rain during harvest isn’t ideal, but it is another condition that America’s farmers work through when in this lifestyle. Perhaps the silver lining to this literal rain cloud is that this rain will allow the parents and grandparents to see, and enjoy the company of, their favorite ghosts and goblins on this Halloween weekend. Usually, they only stop the combine for five brief minutes to dote over the costumes and perhaps steal a Reese cup or two.

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Harvest Issues and Prioritization​

How do you decide where to harvest first, and when?

  • We’ve already begun seeing stalk issues in harvest, and a simple push test will reveal a lot about your hybrid.
  • Stalk strength will help you determine what you should harvest first.
  • Stalk standability, stalk strength and stalk quality each needs consideration.
  • Growers need to be prepared with a plan to harvest and store late-season, higher-moisture beans.
  • Make sure you give your grain buyer a call now to determine what moisture they’ll be taking so you’re prepared when the crop comes off.

There is more!

Watch this brief video to hear Brandon Lovett, Seed Manager, visit with YieldPro Specialist Kyle Brooks about harvest issues and how to prioritize your fields.

 

A Harvest Conversation: The Value of YieldPro

The variability of 2019 will not only affect the approaching harvest, but also the 2020 season.
  • A well-calibrated yield monitor is one of the most powerful tools a grower can utilize to ensure success.
  • YieldPro is the best way to analyze your soil to ensure you’re making the most precise application to save added expense.
  • YieldPro has many benefits that you can take advantage of this fall to ensure you’re on the right path for 2020.  
There is More:

We invite you to watch this brief video to hear Curt Naylor, Precision Manager, visit with agronomist Steve Dlugosz about the many benefits of YieldPro this harvest season.

 

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The Great Benefits of Fall CN Application

Harvest is around the corner, and now is the time to make the decision on a fall fertilizer application. There are many benefits to applying fall CN, and this week we want to discuss them with you, our farmer-member.

  • Remember: Profitability always comes with good fertility.
  • YieldPro is the best way to manage fertilizer costs in your operation​.
  • Logistically, fall application generally works out better because there is greater flexibility and a less compressed time frame.

Watch this brief video to hear Tyler Kilfoil, YieldPro Specialist and agronomist Steve Dlugosz discuss the great benefits of fall fertilizer application.

 

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The Merits of Fall Application

Considering a fall application? Let’s talk about that.

  • Fall application is ideal for addressing dandelions, Marestail, and thistles, which are species quite difficult – if not impossible – to control in the spring.
  • Don’t wait until the fall harvest to decide on making a fall application – Time is never in your favor during harvest season!
  • A fall burn-down program means less weed pressure from other winter annuals, and fewer insect problems.
  • Success: Start Clean, Stay Clean, All Season Long.

Join us as manager Adam Culy visits with agronomist Steve Dlugosz and YieldPro Specialist Denver Norris about the strong merits of fall application and view the powerful visual proof.

 

Contact your YieldPro Specialist to ensure your fields start clean and stay clean, in preparation for success in 2020.

 

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Cash Flow Management

Now more than ever, it is pertinent that growers manage their input costs wisely and Harvest Land has ways to help.
There are a variety of vendor offered programs for funding inputs. Some offer immediate cash discounts, or earnings on your investments to expand your purchasing power, others might offer reduced interest rates for funding with payments due at or near harvest time (matching payments with your cash availability)  and some even offer 0% financing through harvest.

This week we wanted to talk about a cash flow management option that actually expands your dollar investment on the date you purchase the product using either your funds or optional borrowed funds. As programs rollout, we will be sure to keep you informed!

 

A second option we’d like to share with you is John Deere Financial’s Special Terms.

John Deere Financial is about more than just financing equipment, parts and repairs. Watch this video for an introduction to Special Terms Financing through John Deere Financial available through Harvest Land.  Special terms financing may be available for the financing of your crop and farm fuel inputs purchased through Harvest Land.

The Special Terms programs provide repayment terms targeted to match cash flow timing and special interest rates on many ag inputs.  Utilize the input finance calculator to assist you in selecting the right choice for your input financing.

We highly encourage you to reach out to your YieldPro Specialist to review these options and ensure you’re maximizing your cash flow options as we roll into 2020.

Additional Resources:

TruChoice site

Input Finance Calculator